Exhibitions, Fellowships

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Alicja Habisiak-Matczak

20.02.19 01.03.19

In February 2019, we had the pleasure to receive Alicja Habisiak-Matczak as a Visiting Artists and to exhibit a body of her graphic work at the Poliglota Room. As part of her visit, the artist delivered a lecture and participated of a full day of activities with Argentinean artists that was open to the local public and artistic community.

Probable spaces (by Alicja Habisiak-Matczak)

I create my own visions of space, a kind of architectonical caprices following the lesson of Piranesi and his “Carceri”. The sensation of movement and rhythm may bring to mind the paintings of the futurists, the juxtaposition of various vintage points in one image reflect the cubist way of thinking about the space.

My pieces are inspired by existing places, though they are always modified by my imagination, memories and my ”perception of perspective”—individual and intuitive.  Under the influence of these transformations, I would like my graphic works to become more universal urban scenes, which every viewer can interpret in their own way. My enchantment by the urban environment connotes “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino with his visionary concepts, such as ”a hanging city” or “a city of light”.

These prints reveal my fascination with the nature of light and shade, which through changes of direction, intensity and character, create infinite, mysterious spaces. The urban architecture is often the scenery of their mutual interactions – it is often distorted and it sometimes brings to our mind the atmosphere of a dream, where repetition, exaggeration, connection of seemingly strange elements into new wholes is a natural way of perceiving the world. I try to show the monumental character of space, which is sometimes constructed  or somewhere else deconstructed by shade and light.

Technically, I pay much attention to a search for different ways to obtain grainy textures—both in the technique of aquatint dusted by hand, in the technique of roulette or sand aquatint. Each of these techniques allow me to obtain a varied and rich structure built of points—white and black. In my recent research on iron plates in intaglio techniques, I use the ferrotint technique and etching on iron. Etching aluminum plates in copper sulphate is part of my latest experiments with non-toxic intaglio techniques.

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This activity has been possible thanks to the generous support of the Polish institutions listed below as well as the Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo

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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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