Arturo Desimone

22.02.21 15.03.21

Writer, poet, and visual artist born and raised on the island of Aruba (formerly the Netherlands Antilles) with Argentine roots. Essentially a nomad, his works can be interpreted as travel chronicles. During 2018 was Finalist for Multicultural Poets in the Hizjra Awards, Netherlands.


How do you distance yourself or attack the forces and manifestations of alienation? Confront it, dodge, attack or escape?

Perhaps it has been the function as much as a central question to poetry, only that in my poetry these processes and struggles become very obvious. I clearly take sides. I do not share the trend of many contemporary artists who have a chameleon-like relationship by ironing out, but in the end they accept and submit to alienation.

The work should take its audience on a journey, rather than leaving them in a static position. Create an aesthetic that sacrifices certain postmodern emotions such as numbness.


The intense encounters with the two companions Lurdi and Margara opened up a panorama for me thanks to their experience, imagination, tenacious energy and joy. We enjoyed the unchained dialogue. We explore the theme of borders through the metaphor of the bird in my fable. We take the adventures of a gifted orphan bird named Horacio.

Arturo Desimone
1984 | Aruba
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 |  Hipnodromio (Calle de los sueños), Drawings. Phoenix Athens Gallery/Residency, Athens, Greece
2019 | Apología del Nómade (‘Bekentenis van een Nomade’’), Bijlmer Open Art Route Open Ateliers Amsterdam Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 | Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Argentina
2018 | Bestiary as Auto-Biography, Vriend van Bavink Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 | Al-Maken visual art group show, Kariouan, Tunisia

2020 | Phoenix Athens gallery -residency, Athens, Greece
2019 | Open Ateliers Zuidoost, Bijlmer Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 | Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Argentina
2017 |  A-Dash, Athens, Greece

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#4 | FRONTERA: results
Artistas en diálogo


Frontera was the theme that we took as the practical and conceptual framework for the fourth session of the new online program Together Apart. This site compiles the results of the cohort in Spanish that worked from February 22 to March 15, 2021 with 22 artists from Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, Mexico and Portugal.

Through 4 encounters we collectively and individually created ideas and artworks which explored a non-binary approach of the topic. The participant artists also had the possibility to dialogue with international artists invited to present their contributions and explorations in relation to the topic (Roberto Celis and Daniela Rivera). For this session we also gave priority to moments of peer review or collective feedback and to open discussions which drifted through issues of art and therapy, art and research, participatory art, the complexity of artistic collaboration and how collective practice appears to be a right to claim even more in moments of isolation.

Frontiers as geopolitical frontiers, as cultural, bio-political; frontiers as limits and as separations within the artistic disciplines, frontiers as hegemonic considerations of our bodies and identities.

Through different theoretical readings and artistic references, and through the proposals of each of the participant artists, we identified the importance of liminal states, the non-binary, we assumed the difficulty of inhabiting the in-between but also recognized that art practice is what allows us to live in ambiguous states and to constantly raise questions. We also explored other practices as breathing techniques, meditation and knowledge and skills sharing as methods to break through discriminative or isolating frontiers.

Through poetry, film, online performances, video art and the creation of a network for artists through the method of “participatory asset mapping”, the artists from this cohort created in search of commonalities in their migrant’s everyday experiences, resonances among the natural conditions of the places they live in, the links among their identities and psychological researches and in search of practical collaborations to continue working in the future.

DANIELA RUIZ MORENO | Curator-in-residence

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

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')

The Latin America's Paris

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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