Carlyn Zwarenstein
The Escape Artist

05.02.18 09.02.18

Carlyn Zwarenstein is a Canadian artist who increasingly includes printmaking in her daily work, seeking new ways to combine intaglio and other techniques with her writing. She did a micro-Residence at ´ace in which she deepened her knowledge about engraving techniques. Her main intention is to be able to articulate the engraving in her daily life, taking into account the particularities of being an artist who works mainly from home and with a chronic illness in the spine which requires her to perform techniques that are not so demanding.


I’m a writer with a strong interest and a little training in visual arts, especially printmaking (2 years of art school). As a writer, I have freelanced on issues relating to social justice and social movements for 20 years, reporting mostly from Canada but also internationally. More recently I have been writing more about science, medicine, & mental states. My 1st book, a lyrical look at opioid painkillers & pain in the context of a North American addiction & overdose crisis, was a Globe & Mail best 100 books of 2016 and shortlisted for the main science writing book award in Canada. It has been a required text on university courses in 2017. I took part in my first writing/printmaking residency in Venice in May of 2017, attending the Scuola Grafica di Venezia as a writer, but studying printmaking while there. I am in the later stages of writing my first novel.

The Escape Artist (and printmaking exploration)

A novel about escape, solidarity, creativity and impunity (and printmaking)—and an associated small project of printmaking exploration and production.

Carlyn Zwarenstein
1977 | Toronto. Ontario, Canada.

2001 | Hon Bsc. (biology & political science), University of Toronto. Canada.
Two years of visual arts studies at the Central Tech Adult Art School. Toronto, Canada.

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.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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