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Absentia
Laura Barrón

27.11.13

“With this work (Absentia) I explore issues of cultural identity. By connecting memory and territory and presence Absentia also talks about nostalgia, longing and loss.” 


ARTIST STATEMENT ABOUT ABSENTIA

Absentia is a project that narrates a returning journey to my home country after being an immigrant in Canada for more than a decade. In 2003 I moved from Mexico. After many years of my relocation I came to the realization that I was learning about Latin America in a way I never did while living in Mexico.

Most of my friends are from Latin American descent. The connection with this group of people planted in me the idea of a return trip that would require a long detour throughout South America and the Caribean. I wanted to visit my friend´s home countries as a way to understanding them better but also to reconnect with my roots. In 2013 I started traveling, the first place I visited was Colombia, then Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, and so on.

The project became a reconstruction of my history in Canada, but also a reconstruction of my own territory and a return to myself.

 

 

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Absentia@Argentina consisted, first of all, in the elaboration of a photographic archive of vacant, abandoned or transitional urban spaces of the city of Buenos Aires. After the registration, the artist built books-sculptures that were installed in the Transversal Space of the Fundación ’ace.

Interested in finding in the urban landscape elements that work as footprints, as evidence of what was, the artist questioned and reconsidered the perspective of the landscape through photography, a tool that suggests, questions, evokes, stimulates, builds, invents and modifies.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

2nd Open Call
Residencies 2021-2022
Extended deadline May 16th, 2021

 

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