BIO
Mariela Yeregui
Argentina

Founder and director of the Master in Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Arts at the National University of Tres de Febrero.
She has a Bachelor degree in Arts (University of Buenos Aires), graduated from the school of the National Institute of Cinematography, and holds a Master degree in Literature (Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire) with a specialization in African literature. 

AWARDS
First Prize in BEEP_Art (Barcelona), the First Prize at the National Salon of Visual Arts 2005, in the “New Supports” category, the Third Prize in the Transition MX Festival, the First Prize in Museum of Modern Art and Telefonica Prize 2004— and exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions around the globe.

RESIDENCIES
Hypermedia Studio (University of California-Los Angeles), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the MECAD (Media Centre d’Art i Disseny – Barcelona, Spain), and the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (Germany).

JURY
ars Electronica Festival, category: interactive media, 2012.

Mariela Yeregui

EXHIBITIONS

Just a face

04.07.2018 to 28.09.2018


Mariela Yeregui is an electronic artist, and her works include interactive installations, video installations, net art, interventions in public spaces, video-sculptures and robotic installations.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Based on the technique of African wax fabrics, “Just a face” deploys a series of clothes that shape an installation artwork reflecting on Rwanda’s genocide. The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down.

I was living in West Africa at that time. I saw a photograph on a magazine that shocked me a lot: the flayed head of the Rwandais President. I kept that picture during all these years.

Like a litany against fear and horror, I decided to infect designs inspired by African iconography with this abject image, reproducing it once and again.


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TEXT BY LAURA POMERANTZ

After an artistic process in between territoriality and public space, the otherness and the unveiling of a hidden disaster, through technological solutions, electronic and digital arts, installations and interactive and robotic interventions, Mariela Yeregui's work is permeated of transgressions, actions of denunciation and violence, where the torn body is the main character. Mariela works upon the genocide in Rwanda after a stay in Cote d'Ivoire.

Submerged in a conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, the African country suffers a deliberate extermination, consequence of the assassination of the Hutu President Juvénal Habyarimana, on April 6th, 1994, when his presidential plane was shot down. The solution to the problem, the elimination of the Tutsi by the Hutu, is exacerbated by a machete blow: 800,000 murders are estimated in one hundred days, to which rapes to women, mutilations and an excessive exile are added.

Yeregui conceives ten large format silks, echoes of the traditional pagnes africains after the batik technique, and digitally intervenes them. In a parallel way, she takes a journalistic image of the flayed face of President Habyarimana, whose murder unleashed the tragedy. As we approach the textiles, reality is modified revealing the high point, almost formally camouflaged between the vivid and variegated designs: the skinned face of the president, epicenter of violence. The face repeated in the feminine dress confers a disturbing surprise effect when pointing out the torn plot of the horror, like a forced intrusion into that silence of the daily becoming. The artist, who has dabbled in the aesthetics of disaster and in the paradigm of violated bodies in relation to the abject, elevates the journalistic record of the image and transports it to a visual installation frame, by sifting it with aesthetic layers through one of the African cultural heritages, in which the concept of beauty is amalgamated with that of horror,  forcing at the same time a fading of the limits between both.