I was born in La Plata (1972) within a family of artists, my parents used to take us to all running exhibitions and if there was some free time to Italpark. I will never forget during my infancy, the impact I felt with Antonio Berni’s work “Deceased Correa”.
Nowadays I live and work in Buenos Aires. I'm Bachelor in Arts of La Plata National University, I develop my work through installations, objects and photographs; I've participated in several collective exhibitions, from which I would highlight: “Reckoning” at the Recoleta Cultural Center, “Coincidences and Diversities” at the Infinito Gallery, Ciudad Bank Award at the National Arts Museum, “Every Picture Tells a Story” at the Boca Ratón Museum (Miami-EEUU), Ibero American Artists at the Musée Chateu Grimaldi (Cagnes Sur Mer – France), “Bomarzo to Bomarzo” at Palazzo Orsini (Italy). Individual exhibitions in Argentina and abroad: “Behind the Apparent” at Sculpture Space (New York – EEUU), “Pets” at Arteleku (San Sebastián – Spain), “Bunker” at the Provicial Arts Museum of La Plata, “Home sweet home” at Elsi del Rio Gallery, “Shields” at Borges Cultural Center.
Among the awards and scholarships that I've received I would note: Artist In Residency Program, Sculpture Space, New York, EEUU, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 2006. Intercampos (Inter fields) II Program, Telefónica Foundation, 2006. Art Residency ARTELEKU, San Sebastián, Spain, 2004. Nation Culture Department's Scholarship, International Cooperation, 2003. Artistic Creation Benefit, Antorchas Foundation, 2003.
2008-Artist From Argentina, Works on paper, co-curated by Rafael Bueno and Arturo Carrera. Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, EE.UU
¨VERY DOMESTIC¨ Arte x Arte Gallery, by Paula Toto Blake - Justo Pastor Mellado.
Buenos Aires Photo, Palais de Glace, Arte x Arte Gallery, Buenos Aires.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
"The house as a threat" in 22 Jason Street, NYC. Photographic series that synthesize the conceptual approach of my work, made during an artist residency at Sculpture Space, New York, 2006. I began to generate a thought that has to do with the boundaries between fiction and reality; I took the city as a location-scene holder of fear, violence, uncertainty and fragility. The house is the desired shelter, however the house is the place, that, while being homey, becomes sinister and ominous (Freud). I put my surplus attention on objects of consumption, that represent some embodiment, such as a couch, I appropriate from a situation that has been found, the snow, where nature sets a maximum exposure through a mechanism of camouflage of a second skin.
The furniture is the most palpable and immediate, within the domestic sphere and daily life, which we can recognize as an indication of livable, I take the furniture as replacement of a subject, as a body prosthesis, binding the furniture as an exposed body, forced to an estrangement. The cabinet, as a utilitarian denotative element, is transformed into residual item, submitted to the emptying of its memory subverting the boundaries between interior and exterior, public and private, thereby generating shifts in the rules of life and changes in the perception of everyday.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
With a widen perception. If it's possible to go through the first visual impact and through associations it will be possible to establish other readings of a conceptual order.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
I think my works can be linked or interpreted in relation to violence, perversion, and also in relationship to certain decorative style or camouflage work of intervention surfaces of domestic elements. Artists that interest me, internationally: Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Vanessa Beecrof, Anselm Kiefer, Mario Merz, Matthew Barney, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, Eva Hesse, Brigida Baltar. Adriana Varejao, Katharina Fritsch, Ana Mendieta, Meret Oppenheim. Locally: Antonio Berni, N. Gómez, Distéfano, Benedit, Heredia, Renart, Santantonin, Pablo Suárez, León Ferrari, Oscar Bony, M. Burton, M. Schvartz, Marcos López, Nicola Costantino, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Valansi, Piffer, Graciela Sacco, Andrea Moccio, Diego Bianchi (work of caramel and smoke), Eduardo Navarro, Ramón Téves, Ananke Asseff, Adriana Bustos, Tomás Espina, Karina El Azem.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
Significant exhibitions: "Between Silence and violence" in the Telefónica Foundation, synthesis in works of the responses made by the artists as opposed to violent events experienced in the country; I am attracted towards intense works, of great visual impact, embodiment, linked to body material, violence, whether psychological or of a social-historical order. “Berni and his contemporaries”, “Oscar Bony's retrospective” done at MALBA. Distéfano's exhibitions , Norberto Gómez, Benedit, Nicola Costantino, A. Sanguinetti, Marcos López, Erlich, Gordín, Harte, Vitali, Ruth Benzacar."As flesh and nail" C. Contreras - Cristina Piffer done at the Borges Cultural Center. Sanguinetti, Valansi, Pierre Sorin, Renart, Heredia exhibited at MAMBA. Kounellis at MNBA. León Ferrari, ICI and Recoleta Cultural Center. Graciela Sacco, Sergio Bazán, Diana Lowestein Gallery. Silvia Young, Tony Cragg, Betsabé Romero also at CC Recoleta. Pablo Suárez, Norberto Gómez and Benedit, at Maman. Eduardo Medici at the Der Brucke Gallery. Cristina Piffer, Elba Bairon, Galeria Luisa Pedrouzo, “2 x 3” at Del Infinito Gallery.
5. What tendencies or groupings from common elements do you see in argentine art of the last ten or fifteen years?
I think that beyond lineament trends, as discussed in the talks held at Malba "Rosa Light / Rosa Luxemburg" what unites today and generates a plot, is a politic of affection and subjectivity, a tangible example of this is "Bola de Nieve”.