Memories from a Travel Album
Amanda Coimbra

23.11.16 23.12.16

In the last ´aceNITE of 2016, we had the pleasure of presenting the book by the Brazilian artist Amanda Coimbra, Memory of a Travel Album, artist selected through the Semillero 2016 open call.

The book is composed of photographs of the artist’s family album that was modified by a flood in her father’s apartment. Through the book, Coimbra creates a reinterpretation of the album, working with images that are no longer a record but a representation of the fragile and complex relationship between photography and memory. This trilingual publication (Portuguese-Spanish-English) of 300 copies has a presentation written by the Argentinean art critique Ana María Battistozzi.

WHEN INSTANTS ARE ERASED (by Ana María Battistozzi)

“(…) It was not the tears of a Buenos Aires autumn but the water of a Rio de Janeiro storm, Amanda reflected as she went through those images of elusive clarity one afternoon in Buenos Aires. Perhaps, it was that particular state of melancholy that led her to stop in the delicate poetry that emerged in these ruined images, in the pictorial effects of the spots that deformed the faces and subverted the valued photographic precision.
Suddenly, that happened to be the greatest charm they offered before her artist’s gaze. Or what best revealed the paths of her imagination in a state of melancholy. Amanda worked with these images using various instruments of contemporary technique, she copied them and explored several instances of presentation until she found the book format that they now display as a travel album. A romantic connection emerges from the option chosen already from the cover itself. A Swiss landscape (perhaps?) invaded by a pictorial barrage announces the subtly elegiac climate that nests inside. The documentary clarity of the ça a eté (“this has been”) by Roland Barthes ended up succumbing to the fascination of pictorial action, contributing an aesthetic of another order oriented more towards subjective experience than objective reality. Thus, it is not by chance that Amanda Coimbra finds company in the affinity system that groups the preferences of those who make use of photography in contemporary art. This is where painting’s own modes of production have become more prevalent in photographic practices than is thought. A regime of composition and valuation of the artist’s intervention before and after the action of the camera has surpassed the formulas that modern photography fetishized.

The narrative model that Amanda Coimbra chooses is also a symptom of these times that ignore the sin of hybridity. From it, the artist manages to introduce us to the dreams that take hold of the man who meditates, as Bachelard wrote. When the moments are erased, the picturesque fades, the hour no longer rings and the space extends without limits.”

Amanda Coimbra
1989 | Brasilia, Brazil.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2011 | Bachelor in Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA..
2009 | Exchange at the Burren College of Art. Ballyvaughan, Ireland

2015 | Between the Moon, Photobastei. Zurich, Switzerland.
2014 | Reunion, Lehrter Siebzehn. Berlin, Germany.
2014 | Transmuted horizons, Cultural Center Brazil-Argentina.
2014 | Game Plan 3, El Ojo Errante. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012 | Brazil in the collective conscious, Proyecto´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2013 | Escuela de Proyectos, ArtexArte. Buenos Aires, Artgentina.
2009-2010 | Artist in Residence, Picture Berlin. Berlin, Germany.
2008 | Nipon Steel USA Inc, Award of Program Appreciation of the Art, Chicago, USA.
2007-2011 | Scolarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

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Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

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


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

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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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