Exhibitions, Together Apart
Artists in dialogue
During 2020, we carried out the first two sessions of Together Apart. The first session took as a conceptual and practical framework the REFUGE and the second, the NEST.
Through those starting points, both of which refer to caring atmospheres and structures for coexistence, we were able to think and create in a wide variety of directions and layers. We reflected on our pandemic context, a situation for which we had to find ourselves in the virtual non-space, but also a situation thanks to which people from many different countries were able to work simultaneously.
Assuming this complex situation, more than 20 participants per session created new pieces –some in exercise format–, took up projects that they had already worked on in the past or collectively set out to create new projects that will continue to develop beyond the scope of our meetings.
Taking these refuge and nest issues also in their complexity, we asked ourselves questions that made each of the participants involve their personal experiences, memory, memories and experiences from each of their territories. We addressed questions that sought to keep us in constant movement; at times we went through very optimistic or pessimistic visions about the possibility or necessity of having a shelter or a nest, and at other times, we were able to articulate more complex visions, enduring in intermediate and liminal states. For both, we took as a theoretical structure of support and dialogue the thought of Félix Guattari presented in The Three Ecologies (1989). His ethical-political approach that highlights the molecular domains of sensitivity, intelligence and desire, as well as his articulation of the three ecological registers (environment, social relations and human subjectivity), helped us to expand our creations and thoughts in relation to shelter and nest.
During the first session, when asked about the conditions that a refuge can have and the conditions that we would like a refuge to have, the artists (coincidentally and by chance, we had a cohort one hundred percent comprised of women) generated sculptural pieces, artists’ books, photographs, videos, dance pieces and more, reflecting on the permeability or isolation structures that a shelter can have. Also, many artists started from their bodily memories to refer to the refuge and made improvisation and performance pieces. We created in relation to the refuge conditions presented by nature and the refuges that we create to protect ourselves from certain natural conditions. Memory as a refuge and shelters for memory also arose through textile practices or from the use of jewelry or objects with which we build links. Finally, the bonds and the community as spaces that shelter and spaces that imply care was another of the axes that we explored through pieces that included readings of texts and sound activations.
Together Apart has functioned as a program that opened up possibilities for meeting and collaborative creation. It has made possible the creation of new rhythms and synchronies for a limited time but whose reverberations and echoes continue to affect in unexpected directions.
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (curator-in-residency)
Jill AnnieMargaret. Boise, Idaho, USA
Aneikit Bonnel. New York, USA living temporary in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Amber Bowie-Fiol. Seattle, WA, USA
Christine Bruce. Leiden, Netherlands connecting from France
Male Correa. Medellin, Colombia
Dolores Delia. Argentina living in and connecting from Australia
Judith Elisabeth de Haan. Dutch, living in and connecting from Norheimsund, Norway
Caia Diepenbrock. Los Angeles, USA
Carla Freschi. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Giuliana Grippo. Argentine, living between Argentina and Spain, connecting from Buenos Aires
Janette Hopper. Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Gina Kukulski. Michigan, USA
Dawn Langley. Woking, UK
Roseanne Lynch. Irish connecting from Germany
Sara Minsky. New York, NY, USA
Maria Picone. Myrtle Beach, NC, USA
Ariana Pirela Sánchez. Venezuelan living in and connecting from Montreal, Canada
Jannelle Roberts. Hudson, NY, United States
Anna Rose. American living in and connecting from Florence, Italy
Shereen Shalhoub. Jordanian living in and connecting from Dubai, United Emirates
Alessandra Stradella. Italian living in and connecting from the USA
Ana Vivoda. Zagreb, Croatia