Cast in Ruins
Shaurya Kumar

23.11.16 23.12.16

As a visiting artist, Indian artist Shaurya Kumar developed a series of activities at ´ace which included an exhibition of his recent pieces and encounters with emerging Argentinean artists.

Kumar’s research is focused on creating works which appreciate and appropriate new media while highlighting the dangers of its longevity; and the disconnect between the virtual and the real. His work is an investigation of art and technology, and the rift that lies between. Ultimately, his work is a dialogue about site, how site effects and affects data and therefore a society, a culture, a people and ultimately a person.


Much of my work, thought and research in recent projects has been a response to the contemporary state of ruinous affairs. Reflecting on loss, destruction, iconoclasism and marginalization my work addresses how our understanding of history, culture and religion is constantly reinterpreted and distorted.

Employing diverse sets of tools, media, techniques and processes including print, drawing, sculpture and installation, my oeuvre focuses on a phenomenological understanding of object and space, while revealing a labor-intensive process in my art making. Indicating notions of presence and absence, these works play with architectural ruins, transient ephemera, and contextual displacements.

Synced to the vicissitudes of time and organic growth, drawing inspiration from classical texts and poetry to new media and ethnographic studies, my work addresses the loss of aura when the original is transformed in its meaning and narrative due to transposition, marginalization and destruction. It addresses the new world of non-objects and questions the role of individuals and institutions that assign them their new meaning.

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Since 2001, Kumar has been involved in numerous prestigious research projects, like The Paintings of India (a series of 26 documentary films on the painting tradition of India), Handmade in India (an encyclopedia on the handicraft traditions of India) and digital restorations of 6th century Buddhist mural paintings from the caves of Ajanta.

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


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


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


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.

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