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Untitled (20 train trips)
Elisa Bergel Melo


On October 26th, 2016 artist in residence Elisa Bergel Melo opened her studio show the work she developed during her weeks in Buenos Aires. Elisa registered the trip she did daily in the public trains in her way to the ´ace studio and back home, getting a glance of the diversity of activities that unfold everyday both inside and outside the trains. All this work was presented in the format of photographies, collages, founded objects and drawings. Elisa received the public at The Tower studio, and she talked with them sharing her ideas and reflections.


The approach from an unknown space to the construction of everyday life is an action that interests the artist Elisa Bergel Melo. From her stay in Buenos Aires within the framework of Proyecto´ace’s Exploration residency, she used 20 train trips as means of reflection on human behavior. From the experience of movement and behavior patterns that emerge from the circumstantial coexistence of public spaces, opposite concepts arise as order and chaos, interior and exterior , tensions from where the elements that make up the construction of the city originate as a meeting place between various experiences. Using different subjects and photographic techniques, the artist travels from the inside to the outside to establish patterns of behavior and possible observation,s to cover traditional formats such as portraiture and landscape at the service of fortuitous encounters with the unexplored.

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Elisa Bergel Melo
1989 | Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in San José, Costa Rica

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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')

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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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