In May of 2014, Chilean artist Francisco Tapia – the artist known as ‘Papas Fritas’, garnered worldwide notoriety when he burned roughly $500 million of student loans contracts from the corrupt Universidad del Mar, and freed students from their debt.
Upper Space is pleased to announce that Tapia will be an exhibiting artist at our upcoming Politika – Arts & the Affairs of the City exhibition.
Born in Santiago, Chile in 1983, Francisco Tapas (artist name Papas Fritas) is a self taught visual artist and social psychologist. He has exhibited at the Contemporary Museum of Art & Design in San José, Costa Rica; La Mancha de Tomate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile; La Sapienza Laboratory Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Rome, Italy; Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in New York, USA; and the Beijing 798 International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, amongst others.
His latest project achieved global attention as he burned $500 million of student debt, leaving students of the private University of the Sea without debt to the institution. The university had swindled thousands of students and went bust in 2012, leaving students desperate to finish their studies. Neither the creditors nor the state have been investigated over the issue, and the crimes of the university creditors go unpunished.