Andrea Auzmendi
OPEN Buenos Aires

04.08.22 07.08.22

¨My experience at OPEN Buenos Aires was extremely enriching. Having had the opportunity to participate in this event gave me the opportunity to share and learn with and from other artists, in addition to showing my work. The collaborative fact, the look and the guide of the referents has been a great contribution at a human and professional level. Spaces like this are extremely valuable and necessary to put the exercise of practice into dialogue and reflect on it.¨

Andrea Auzmendi is a Multidisciplinary contemporary artist who transits and moves between mixed graphic languages, photography and montage typical of new media as well as the sculptural object in installation projects.


The idea as a seed, the process as a field of experience and materiality as a corporeal vehicle for the message. Not all ideas are transformed into germs of something. Many of them possibly die before seeing the light. Not all germs grow, they can be stunted. There are as many reasons for that as there are for being happy or unhappy. Finally, there are those that are born from the idea, are strengthened, projected and sustained. They can be modified and restructured, but they come to materialize because of the firm conviction of their message. Every process belongs to the field of experience and every experience brings new knowledge about the world. In this way, I seek to understand what surrounds me.


Project 234, created and emerged in isolation -ASPO-. 2020. The measure of time and the perpetuity of the idea. It is an installation project devised during the ASPO period -preventive and mandatory social isolation- that we had to go through in a pandemic. That period lasted 234 days and each object represents one day -24 hours- of isolation. On this occasion, the matrix that left a record in each object was the interior of the empty eggshell, but which still retained its membrane. Due to the expansion and pressure of the material in a liquid state, the unique and unrepeatable copy of the internal map of the container was made on the content that, in the process of transformation to solid, revealed its imprint. Every day was one of uncertainty and surprise, the support was to produce and reflect.

Andrea Auzmendi
1978 | Banfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives and works in Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Currently| Postgraduate in Media and Technologies for Pictorial Production, National University of Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
| Bachelor of Visual Arts with orientation in Engraving and Printed Art, National University of Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2022 | OPEN Buenos Aires 2022, International Meeting of Emerging Graphics «OpenBA», Culture House, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2018 | Collective photobook, Translucent Absence, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature,University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 | Photobook, Family, Photodoc, Bs.As. Argentina.
2012 | Drawing Memory. AMIA Art Space and Memory and Human Rights Space (ExESMA), Buenos Aires Argentina.
2012 | Pueyrredón Hall, Annual Show Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2022 | OpenBA grant, Proyecto ´ace, FIG Bilbao and Fundación CIEC.
2021 | Creation grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019 | First Prize for Young Engravers, Engraving and Multiple Prize, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Fellowships, Open Calls

OPEN Buenos Aires – Open Call
International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking

30.05.22 03.07.22

Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo opens the call for emerging Argentinian artists from all over the federal territory –who work with traditional and digital printmaking (both in serial and variable editions), printed art or expanded field graphic practices / installations– to participate in OPEN Buenos Aires, a professionalization event that includes an exhibition of their works, mentoring by guest curators, demonstrations for the public, a networking day, and a round table, which will be opening to the public from August 5th to 7th.

OPEN Buenos Aires –organized jointly by Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo and the Arthazi/FIG Bilbao Association of Spain– is part of a larger event: FIG Bilbao’s OPEN PORTFOLIO which has been held in the city of Bilbao since 2014. With its landing in Buenos Aires, this 9th Edition of the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG, International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking, becomes even more international by celebrating two independent in-person editions: one in Buenos Aires, the OPEN BUENOS AIRES (exclusively for Argentinian artists) and the other in Bilbao, the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG (for Spanish and international artists).

OPEN BUENOS AIRES will inhabit the impressive Casa de la Cultura-La Prensa building (in the same spaces where the print workshops of La Prensa newspaper used to be) during a week of intense programming, in which the activities will be carried out both for the artists (such as mentoring, portfolio review, professional advice on assembly, networking, etc.), and for the public (such as exhibition of the artists’ works, workshops and demonstrations given by the artists themselves, and talks).

Of all the applications we receive in this first phase, 16 artists will be selected to participate in these sessions in August. On August 7th, the last day of the OPEN Buenos Aires event, an international jury will select: four artists who will participate in the final phase of the program and will travel to Bilbao to exhibit at the FIG Bilbao XI Edition from November 24th to 27th, 2022; two artists to attend the residency offered by the CIEC Foundation of Galicia, Spain in 2023; one artist to attend a residency at the Basque bioDesign Center lab in Bilbao, Spain; and another for a residency at Fundación´ace’s ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residency International Program.

Likewise, the artists who travel to Bilbao in November will also be able to compete for another residency at the CIEC Foundation and an exhibition space at FIGBilbao 2023. Finally, the selected artists will become part of the traveling exhibition Open Itinera, an exhibition program with multiple venues in the territory of the Basque Autonomous Community, which arises with the firm intention of supporting and further promoting the emerging printmaking work that the Open Portfolio and the FIG Bilbao International Festival of Engraving and Art on Paper has been doing since 2012.


Open Portfolio was created with the aim of supporting and giving visibility to the work of new printmaking talents and promoting their professional career. This event is a platform for the promotion, dissemination and professionalization of emerging creators. Throughout these nine years, Open Portfolio has given space to more than 150 artists from all continents.

August 05th-07th, 2022
Casa de la Cultura (La Prensa)
Av de Mayo 525, CABA

16 participation fellowships of $50.000 each

– 2 First Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + AR $250,000 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 Second Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC, Spain for two months in 2023
– 1 residency scholarship at Basque bioDesign Center, Spain
– 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires

Juan Canavesi (Córdoba, Argentina)
Adriana Moracci (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Alicia Valente (La Plata, Argentina)

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Javier Martín Jiménez (Madrid, Spain)
Resident Commissar at Conde Duque Center for Contemporary Culture, Madrid
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Director of the Open Buenos Aires
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

Encounters, International Projects, Workshops, Exhibitions

OPEN Buenos Aires | Activities
Workshops, talks and demos by artists

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: an international meeting of emerging graphics at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but they also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized in these fields or without previous knowledge in graphics in particular or contemporary art in general. As part of the application to the OPEN, it was the artists themselves who proposed different instances of exchange with the visitors of the event, bringing them closer to their techniques, their projects, their portfolios and their working methods.

The activities that the visitors of the event enjoyed are:

  • Guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi (CABA).
  • Pinhole camera demonstration by María Romero Alves (CABA).
  • Approach to contemporary printmaking through the work of the selected artists, by Florencia REISZ (Mar del Plata).
  • Fortune telling by Lautaro Parada (CABA): ask a question and the Black Mallet answers, and take your card as a gift at the end. Poetically appealing to the origins of xylography in the West – used to print playing cards and Tarot cards – the artist offered us a personal experience through his xylographic work Mazo Negro.
  • Participatory workshop on perennial monotypes por Noelia Toscano (CABA), Wenceslao Paunero (Pcia. de Buenos Aires) y Rocío Barzola (Salta): taller de fabricación de tintas con tierra e impresión botánica con la técnica de monotipos.
  • Demonstration on contemporary Gyotaku by Agustina Girardi (La Plata), Jorgelina Buchara (CABA) and Leticia Barbeito (La Plata): Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method of naturally recording the best catch of the day. Inspired by his processes, this workshop proposed to discover the potential of the things that surround us as possible printable matrices to generate their own discourse from the imprint that they leave printed on paper—the public was invited to bring their everyday objects to print on them and take them with them.
  • Intervened photography by Solange Baqués (Pcia. de Buenos Aires): the artist exchanged with the public her work process and photographic intervention on paper.
  • Infinite patterns workshop by Mariana Gayoso (CABA) and Ale Giorgga (CABA): this workshop approached the notions of contemporary art through graphic experimentation to the public. From the superposition of various materials, textures and graphic qualities, the importance of repetition and fragmentation is recognized, knowing and internalizing what a pattern is and how it is created graphically and continuously (notion of rapport, stamp, impression and stamp).
  • “Processing the digital weaving” talk by Julián Pesce (CABA) and Juan Pablo Ferlat (CABA): memory storage to create repeating patterns, physical and temporary units.
  • Participatory workshop “Building a xilomural” by Agustín Begueri (Córdoba) and Ale Giorgga (CABA).

Encounters, Portfolio Review

OPEN 2022 | Encounters
Portfolio reviews and panels

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: International Encounter for Emerging Printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks for the public.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized or without previous knowledge in the field of graphics, in particular, or contemporary art, in general. As part of the professionalization of the artists, on Sunday, August 7th, a portfolio review was carried out by a jury specialized in graphics and engraving, both traditional and contemporary.

The portfolio review was carried out by the national pre-selection jury, made up of Juan Canavesi (Córdoba), Adriana Moracci (CABA) and Ali Valente (La Plata), who over 3 hours offered portfolio reviews, feedback, criticism of works, feedback and professional guidance to both OPEN Buenos Aires artists and independent artists who previously signed up to participate in this free activity. Once the portfolio review was completed, the open conference on contemporary graphics was launched, with the participation of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director FundaciónCIEC), Iratoi Retolaza (Bilbao, Basque Country, guest artist-in-residency and part of the Basque bioDesign Center team), and was moderated by Alicia Candiani (Director of OPEN and Fundación´ace).

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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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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