Together Apart: #Nest
My artistic practice focuses mainly on the drawing, the glass, the drawing and the installation. I combine glass and print techniques. My research fields revolve around immigration, the territory and the condition of women. My migration experience allowed me to live another space time: another life. This is why the theme of immigration and the women are the central elements of my artistic focus.
I am currently president of Atelier Presse Papier, a cooperative of print artists in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. I coordinate national and international collective projects. Along with creative work, I get involved in the community by carrying out educational and cultural mediation projects.
ALEJANDRA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: NEST
Nest‘s residence allowed me to continue my artistic practice, relating my current research topic “The women” to new horizons. The theme of nest will not take me to present the woman literally, but in a conceptual way. I represent it from an object, the Iron, a triangular shape that I directly relate to the female pub. Female sex is properly defined, which in turn covers a refuge, a cavity. Maternity is protection, but it can easily turn into pain, suffrage, change.
This residence also encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, experimenting with videos and sounds. The exchanges with other colleagues made me elaborate reflections on collective nests, creating new landscapes, finding factors in common and different factors in them. The differentiation of territories and cultures proposes to create new nuances, utopian ones, cyclical ones. The path to a new evolution-comprehension of what it means to be a woman.
1963 | San Juan, Argentina
Lives and works in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
2011 | Master in Visual Arts, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
1990 | Profesor in Plastic Arts, FFHA National University of San Juan, Argentina
1992 | Degree in Plastic Arts, University of Paris VIII Vincennes, Saint-Denis, France
2020 | L’artiste, convertisseur d’espace, Galerie d’art du parc, Trois Rivières, Canada
2014| Les messages perdus, Centre de diffusion Presse Papier, Québec Canadá
Installations migratoires, EMA, Trois-Rivières, Installation verres Quebec, Canada
2013 | Glass of Art, Associazione Big Bang Lesa, Italy
2011 | Migrations et transparences, Atelier Silex, Trois-Rivières, Canada
2010 | Les vols de la mort IV, Centre d’art Rotary, La Sarre, Quebec Canada
2013 | Glass of Art, Associazione Big Bang -Silvia Levenson, Lesa, Italy
2009 | 16th Internacional Fine Arts Assembly Serbie-Bosnie, Visegrade
2019 | Prix Charles-Biddle. Ministère de l’Immigration MIFI
2017 | Arts excellence 2017, Culture Mauricie Trois- Rivières
2011 | Prix Arts excellence 2011, Visual Arts, Culture Mauricie
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. This exhibition, virtual as well, reflects what the artists produced during this program.
by Daniela Ruíz Moreno [Curator-in-residency]
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 second session –nest– the gaze towards natural structures was also very present. We watched and learned about different types of nests made by birds or protective structures for other animals. We thought of the house and the workshop as nests. The diversity in age and origin of the artists allowed a great richness of reflections on different states in relation to the nest. We spoke of nests from the past, nests that we are building in the present, nests that are no longer nests since they oppress or suffocate and of new nests that we imagine or wish to build in the future. Projects were presented that included the use of organic materials, creations with what was available in the workshop, project of shared files, new photographic views on everyday life, new views on the past and even reflections on language as a generator of identity as well as limiting structure. We went through different sensations in relation to the nests, some presented it as an impossible state to reach, others as a space full of melancholy and others, instead, as structures of freedom where we could explore the becoming of existence. Other works presented the feelings of paranoia that can arise when human nests or states of refuge are threatened and the feelings of discomfort when it feels like losing the intimate conditions of a nest.
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.
- Gabriela Agüero
- Pilar Aparicio Uribe
- Richard Aponte
- Alejandra Basañes
- Carla Beretta
- Marcela Casals
- Renny J. Castillo Umpierre
- Carmen Díaz
- Yessica Díaz
- Vanessa Freitag
- Camilo Gutiérrez
- Helena Kanaan
- Denise Koziura
- Jociele Lampert
- Cecilia Luque
- Carlos Marin
- Faustino Mercadal
- Maite Pinto
- Laura Romero
- Nerina Rosende
- Alejandro Scasso
Pilar Aparicio Uribe
Renny J. Castillo Umpierre