Perpetually Settling Dust 
Mónica Camin

20.05.15 20.06.15

Monica Camin’s installation, “El Rezo/Perpetually Settling Dust” made its debut at Sala Políglota during Memories, the ‘aceNITE event held on May 20, 2015.

The exhibit featured a human-shaped fabric piece, doubling as a screen for a video collaboratively produced with Kaloian Santos Cabrera, a Cuban photojournalist. The installation merged documentary and poetic imagery with the continuous soundscape of the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. This video not only heightened the solemn and ceremonial atmosphere but also delved into the residual impacts of cultural trauma.

Throughout the artist’s residency, a series of interactive sessions unfolded, engaging over 20 participants who contributed by embroidering the expansive cloth with the names of the desaparecidos—individuals who “disappeared” (vanished) during the Argentine dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s. These collective efforts added a poignant layer to Camin’s exploration about the enduring effects of historical events, fostering a profound connection between the artwork and the shared memories of the community.


El Rezo/ Perpetually Settling Dust is both a meditation on the repeated atrocities of state terrorism and a prayer for a different future.

After a decade of work centered on the Holocaust, this piece shifts attention to my native Argentina to dissect the cultural genocide that took place under a military dictatorship, referred to as the “National Reorganization Process” that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. During this time human rights were ignored. 30,000 people—known as the desaparecidos—went missing; an estimated 500 babies born in captivity were given up for adoption, and left with no real identity.

This piece examines the residual effects of cultural trauma. In an exploration of expression in the form of community and healing through creation, the Argentine community was invited to participate in the embroidering of names of the desaparecidos.

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Opening: May 20, 2015

The artist expresses her gratitude to the participants of the “embroidery circles”: Niza Ballestero, María Noel Caridad, Cristina Duro, Elinor Peiretti,  Silvia Guigón, Elena Gil, Melody Lachica Guini, Javier Cuberos, Veronica Souto, Clara Stivel, Susana Camin, Paola Cohen, Deborah Kaufman, Barita Vincenti, Denise Margueles, Miriam Bergonzi, Alba Castillo, Celina Levy, Beatriz Vaitkeviciuds, Sandra Astuena, Diana Susevich, Laura Ponturo.

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


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Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
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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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