Together Apart: #Nest
Since I can remember drawing has been present in my life, recently someone told me that maybe it was the reason for my life. I have been a collector of found images and objects, which I incorporated into my work, perhaps playing as the diary diagrammers used to do.
My work obeys what I feel at a certain moment, I am very interested in the process and what it can lead to. Through engraving I have been able to explore the multiple image to use it in different contexts. I am interested in playing with the images and the readings to which they can invite us. Carlos Marin
CARLOS ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #NEST
I arrived at the residence of “Proyecto ´Ace” with an open mind to everything that could arise under the conditions and restrictions that the pandemic has presented to us.
It was important for me to work with archive images and their rescue to give them a new meaning, I liked to play with words that became everyday words without even realizing it, completely emptying themselves of meaning and becoming a norm of behavior that goes almost unnoticed.
So I played with phrases like “Stay Safe and Healthy”, “At Home”, etc. the incessant repetition of them and assuming them is something that I think should question us.
1961 | Medellin Colombia
1985 | Mechanical Engineering, UPB, Medellín, Colombia
Studies in Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, Medellín and Museum of Antioquia,Colombia
Da Vinci Scola D’art, Barcelona, Spain
2020 | X International Biennial of Engraving of Douro, Alijó, Portugal
2019 | Beyond the Encuentro, IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
19th International Biennial of Engraving of Sarcelles, France
2018 | Envigado workshops at the MAJA (Jericó Art Museum), Ant., Colombia
2017 | 4th Silk Road International Festival, Xi’An, China
2020 | Together apart: Nest, ´ace Project, Argentina
1999 | Ascensor al Paraíso, Casa de las Americas, with Antonio Martorell, La Havana, Cuba
2018 | International jury for Enter into Art. Köln, Germany
2018 | Finalist 4th Enter into Art. Köln, Germany
2013 | Special Mention in Drawing 27th Exhibition El Castillo Museum, Medellín, Colombia
2005 | Selected for the Memory Award, Holocaust of the Palace of Justice, University of Antioquia, Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
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