Exhibitions, Semillero (Seedbed)

Mechanisms to Turn the Light On
Daiana Ares


“I’m a visual artist and teacher. My research revolves around practices that link works with space, with site-specific installation projects, with experimentation, with materials and their possibilities and limitations.” Daiana Ares.

Mechanisms to Turn the Light On
Glazed ceramic
Variable dimensions

Sometimes I want to fix and rebuild what has collapsed. Immersed in a subtle melancholy, I imagine the past of the vestiges. It is a thought that accompanies me on a daily basis. I don’t think everything in the past was better, but forgetting… forgetting terrifies me.

My gaze tends to stop at the worn, broken, rusted, damaged, eroded surfaces, which I automatically mentally repair and imagine in their heyday. Perhaps it is as a result of this that three years ago I began to make a photographic record of tubes that I find discarded in the streets. These elements are linked to space, turned garbage and left over in a random way. They generate seemingly carefree compositions, resting on the sidewalks, which engender their own peculiar complexity in their repose. Before, when they were important parts of a mechanism, they optimized the flow. The time in its path turned them into disconnected fragments, collapsed and marginalized.

The fear of oblivion leads me to create things.

I build pieces detaching them from that record. They are modules, always heterogeneous. They link to each other. Finding which piece joins another takes time. Much time and patience. I stop at the connections and their assemblies. It may happen that the pieces fit together or simply rest timidly on each other. Other times, a tension sustains and maintains the bond. And in others, they just accompany each other, holding each other emotionally, without touching, being next to each other.

Daiana Ares
1986 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 | Artists Program Shared Workshop, Crudo Gallery, Rosario, Argentina
2018 | Artists Program of Proyecto Pac, Gachi Prieto Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017 | Cosmos Workshop, Daniel Joglar and Bruno Grupalli, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 | Héctor Maranesi’s workshop, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008 | Teaching staff of visual arts, sculpture specialization. Regina Pacis Superior School of Fine Arts, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 | Video about the process of my work in the Microespacio of the Pettoruti Museum, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | The Pleasure of Exile, Gachi Prieto Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | Dislocations, Tokio gallery, Lima, Peru.
2017 | Grayscale, Establishment, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2015 | I brought it from Barú, Quinta Trabucco, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2018 | Tokyo gallery residence, Lima, Peru
2017 | Casa de Piedra Residence, Catamarca, Argentina
2016 | Dajaus Residence, coordinated by Silvana Lacarra and Martín Groisman, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2019 | Creation grant of the National Fund for the arts, Visual Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | First prize at the XLVIII Fernán Félix de Amador Hall, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This project has been possible thanks to the 2019 Creation Grant, FNA / Fondo Nacional de las Artes (National Endowment for the Arts), Argentina

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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April 30th, 2024

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