“I always try to look outside, in an attempt to see inside.” Robert Frank
Cecilia Candiani’s first academic career is Mathematics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics of the National University of Córdoba (Argentina), which she understood from the start that this career would complement any and all future studies and activities—this world, apparently distant from the visual arts, was an inescapable part of her later development as an artist. After graduating, she began to study photography, and it is precisely this double training and the search for a parallel between both activities that allowed her to position herself in an unconventional way, providing a different perspective on each of these fields.
Cecilia has participated in group and individual exhibitions nationally and internationally. From 2016 to 2020 Cecilia joined the ´ace team as Executive Assistant in the workshop. During her work at ´ace, where she collaborated with artists from all over the world, and was able to grow as a visual artist, learning from the different disciplines and the most diverse cultures of all the people who have passed through the studio.
1984 | Cordoba, Argentina.
2009 | Superior Technique in Photography. Inst. Of Applied Arts Lino Enea Spilimbergo. Cordoba Argentina
2005 | Faculty of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics. UNC. Cordoba Argentina
2020 | Call Confinement, ONLINE Room, Kiosk Gallery. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
2020 | Engraving, Central Newbery Gallery. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2019 | Bark / Bark, International Exhibition, KOBRO Gallery, Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts Łodź, Poland
2019 | Eternal return. Open Studio, Aires residence. Valparaiso, Chile
2019 | Vanishing, Collective Sample Fronterabierta. Intervention on public roads. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2020 | Selected Jóvenes Grabadores Award. Bs As. Argentina
2018 | Finalist of the ITAÚ VISUAL ARTS AWARD 2017/2018. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | Mention Pilará Photography Award. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cecilia Candiani, was a guest artist at the ´aceNITE of October, 2018. Installed in the Dialogue Space at ´ace, Rewrite is a series that portrays one of the infinite activities / “performances” that happen in the city of Buenos Aires at night. From her eye and camera, from above, Cecilia shows the streets of Buenos Aires in the process of being built, its actors work but seem to dance, write and rewrite the asphalt. Transit and change spaces that are transformed into scenarios where, even for brief moments, coordinates and feelings of belonging are generated.
REWRITE (by Cecilia Candiani)
Transit places, passing through. Places where there is no time for dialogue or a fixed gaze.
The desolation of space of anonymity can be mitigated by a group of people who become actors. They rewrite this scenario, they draw signs or some message that will not be followed nor read. The play, carried out by its characters, has modified that place. A place that will son become a “no place”.
Digital impressions on Hahnemühle Photo Matt Fibre 200 grs archival paper.
Artists in Dialogue
For seven years the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts Łódź in Poland has organized the famous PATA International Summer Courses – Printmaking and Textile Art whose aims are to promote the artistic traditions of Łódź in the fields of graphic art and textile art. During its past editions, the event gained international prestige and became one of the main summer education centers in Europe where artists and students from all over the world come, including Albania, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Spain. , The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Iceland, India, Japan, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Republic of South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. While these courses deepen knowledge and practice engraving techniques and textile art, participants gain international experience, expand their chain of contacts and have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an international context.
As part of an exchange agreement signed between the Fundación´ace and the Academy of Arts and Design of Lodz, in 2017 an open call was made for Argentine artists from which the artist Eugenia Foggel was selected. In 2018, reciprocally, we received the Polish artist Aleksandra Ilkiewicz, doctoral candidate of the Academy. In 2019 the exchange was made with teachers from the academy: Alicjia Habisiak Matzack and Tomas Matzack traveled to Buenos Aires as guest artists while the academy awarded two young members we selected from our team to their PATA courses: Cecilia Candiani, Assistant Executive and Sebastián Podbersich, who was a volunteer-in-residence in 2018. In this way Cecilia and Sebastián traveled to Lodz during the European summer participating as exchange scholars in the seminar of the Canadian artist Marilene Olivier: Graphics in the 3rd and 4th dimension.
PATA seminars are intended for students and graduates of Polish and foreign academies and for all artists who wish to learn or further develop their skills in the aforementioned fields. The objective of the course program is to awaken and cultivate by offering traditional forms of artistic expression as well as innovative technologies developed by leading artists. The fellows had access to the excellent study team from the Engraving Department, the Textile Art Department and the Textile Printing Department. The scope of the topics covered during the classes was adjusted to the individual needs of the individual participants and an exposition was made at the end of it.
It is an international network of public and private institutions, whose objective is to cooperate in the field of the promotion of engraving and textile art courses around the world established in 2014 and consisting of:
_ Atelier Empreinte. Luxembourg
_ Galleria Arte e Pensieri. Rome, Italy
_ Stamperia del Tevere. Rome Italy
_ The Integral College of Akureyri on the island
_ Fundación´ace for Contemporary Art. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The residencies of Argentine artists were made possible thanks to the Exchange Agreement (of academics with the ´ace team and of artists, both Argentine and Polish) that was signed between the Fundación´ace and the Academy of Arts and Design of Lodz in 2016.
TNG Opening, Mexico
Artists in Dialogue
Aguascalientes´ State Ministry of Culture, through the Support Program for the Cultural Infrastructure of the States (PAICE), allocated more than US $ 1,000,000 for the consolidation of the Macro Space for Culture and the Arts, whose building 49 houses the TNG |Taller Nacional de Gráfica/National Printmaking Workshop. Opened on October 28, 2016 the TNG is located in what were the former Aguascalientes Railway Workshops and Warehouses in Mexico. Specifically, it was installed in one of the warehouses of those old railway workshops, at the time functioning as the bronze casting workshop into the railway complex. The ambitious project rescued one of the most representative spaces both of the state and of the country in terms of historical and industrial heritage, considered as well one of the largest in Latin America.
The TNG |National Graphics Workshop will provide services to the students of the University of the Arts, to the artists in the community, both nationally and internationally, with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, in accordance with the technological advances of the 21st century. Combining the different techniques of print media and digital graphics, with a special focus on eco-trends and the dissemination of graphic arts, it pay homage to the illustrious printmaker José Guadalupe Posada´s valuable legacy. The workshop has four areas: intaglio, screen printing, lithography and digital area.
Alicia Candiani, director of Proyecto´ace, was the only international representative to be invited by the Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes at the opening ceremony. In her speech, she appreciated the opportunity to be in a historic moment, highlighting the refurbishing of architecture as well as the facilities of this space, which is at the height of the most important workshops in the world. She then promised to be a bridge with Argentine artists and to promote the work of Mexican artists internationally. Associated with this invitation, the presence of ´ace was completed with an on-site conference and workshop as well as participation in the 4th Engraving Fair, also organized by the Secretary of Culture, who also carries out the José Guadalupe Posada International Print Biennial.
TALLERES NACIONALES DE GRAFICA
28.10_Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Expanded Printmaking Practices: from multiple art to post-digital printmaking
29.10_ Carlos Mijares
How to conserve prints
27.10_ Gabriel Macotela (Mexico DF, Mexico)
29.10_ Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
En-residencia en Proyecto´ace
27.10_Daniel Amora Mora (Baja California, Mexico)
Xerox Transfer Processes
28.10_ José Gutiérrez (Guadalajara, Mexico)
29.10_Alicia Candiani-Cecilia Candiani (Argentina)
30.10_ Luis Bolbrügge (Mexico DF, Mexico))
The Fold: making of
Artists in dialogue
Proyecto´ace has been invited as one of the participating centres for the international project EL PLIEGO / doble desdoblado, the 3rd Project of creation and international exchange between universities and educational centres in the graphic arts and international edition, organised by the Grupo dx5 of the Universidad de Vigo in Pontevedra, Spain in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and the Arts, University of Quebec in Canada.
This project aims to continue the promotion of cultural movement across borders that printmaking allows (such as multiplication, versatility and transportability), revaluing the book format from its base module: the fold.
Artists, teachers and art students participate in a project that aims to reflect on the idea of the fold, taking the space of a sheet as the starting point and the encounter that these fold causes.
COLLABORATIVE WORK (by Adriana Moracci)
What is The Fold and how to approach and shape not only an image, but a concept that called Proyecto ´ace to be part of an International Project.
During intense days of work and reflection, 19 artists were selected to work collaboratively in the ´ace workshop, creating editions of the works that made up what was sent.
The themes that were developed from the simple and profound idea of The Fold were enriched and shaped by the most varied visions in this regard. Thus, the specification referring to the body, the identity, the memory, the absence, the infinity, the prayer, the plots, the trace were all giving shape to the works produced. The meetings and video conferences prior to the edition days in the workshop were a stimulus and reason for reflection for the group of artists called.
The project opened the possibility of collaborative work not only between the participating artists in each venue, but also provided the opportunity to extend the communication networks between those who participated in it, showing once again that from the simplest ideas, multiple voices can emerge.
Adriana Moracci, masterprinter
Artists in AR1 group
Roma Blanco | Telma Castro | Cecilia Candiani | Mariela Constant | Lorena Diaz | Cristina Duro | Germán Gaspari | Beatriz Gratta | Flora Hubot (Belgium) | Adriana Moracci | Elinor Peiretti | Laurel Ponturo | Robin Romansky (Germany) | Laura Savio | Cristina Solía | Micaela Troccello | Loruhama Valdez | Norma Villareal | Gabriela Zelentcher
International Projects, Exhibitions
The World IN a Handkerchief
The World IS a Handkerchief : El mundo es un pañuelo
A Wandering Genealogy curated by Claudia DeMonte & Cecilia Mandrile
The World IN a Handkerchief : El mundo en un pañuelo
Guest Curator, genealogy Proyecto’ace: Alicia Candiani
Exhibition of pieces
selected from the Fundación´ace´s collection and Alicia Candiani’s personal collection of the participating artists in “The world IN a handkerchief”
For a month and a half, the Políglota Room is hosting three exhibitions on a rotating basis. From March 23 to April 1, “The world IS a handkerchief” and “The world IN a handkerchief: the genealogy of ´ace” were exhibited simultaneously, paying special tribute to the Argentine artist Graciela Sacco. While the original series returned to New York from where it will soon travel to England, the ‘ace genealogy collection was joined by a new exhibition of large format pieces of the participating artists, some belonging to the Fundación’ace collection and others to the private collection of Alicia Candiani.
The World IS a Handkerchief is a travelling exhibition rooted in the Spanish saying ‘el mundo es un pañuelo,’ which translates into English as ‘this is such a small world’. The project traces serendipitous encounters, moments of discovering personal connections in distant places or unexpected contexts. The project began with the meeting of Claudia DeMonte and Cecilia Mandrile as a mentor and student respectively at the University of Maryland, United States in 1995 and has expanded through an international collaborative network between mentors, students and
The World IN a Handkerchief is a new chapter of the project, a graphic, soft and traveling portfolio curated by guests artists from the core genealogy. Artist and curator Alicia Candiani, essential mentor of this genealogy, Founder and Director of Proyecto´ace, has been invited to curate this new collection that reflects her close creative family.
ABOUT THE WORLD IN A HANDKERCHIEF by Cecilia Mandrile
Handkerchiefs have accompanied people in celebrations and farewells in many cultures for centuries, offered bodily protection and coverage, and sustained expressions of political tenets and spiritual beliefs. In this project, handkerchiefs become vessels of memories and itinerant narratives; containers of emotions; translators of wounds, signals of ideological resistance. Each piece epitomizes a soft space that holds disappearing recollections of homeland as well as reflections on displacement and identity that can be carried as a tangible memento. In times when touch appears as a dangerous sense, every single printed handkerchief means a meaningful testament of the continuous nurturing mentorship among artists and educators, reminding us that the soft touch remains both an intimate and universal need of communication.
To celebrate this constant and sustained creative dialogue, in 2019 the curators developed a portable exhibition of 50 handkerchiefs that explored the meaning of belonging and interconnectedness that this Spanish saying so tangibly evokes. In the reconstruction of this alternative family made up of artists and collectives from different latitudes and generations during the last two decades, both printed an edition of 25 handkerchiefs, and sent a printed handkerchief along with a blank handkerchief to 50 invited artists to intervene with their own reflections
on home, identity and belonging. From this exchange a “wandering genealogy” was born, a tribute to the strong threads that have woven this shared territory as itinerant artists and educators.
A limited edition catalogue including the work of 50 invited artists was published by Impact Press, Bristol, UK and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Currently, the catalogs of workshops and portfolios remain as digital publications, thus allowing to document the constant growth of this genealogy. Chris Knollmeyer, a sound artist in residence at ´ace at the same time, composed for this exhibition a special piece: “Sound of the Handkerchiefs”. The piece is a piano study made up of 25 melodies. Just as the handkerchiefs are tied to each artist’s history and sense of home, Chris feels a connection to the piano.
March 23, 7PM. Sala Políglota
April 27th, 1PM
The World is a Handkerchief |El mundo es un pañuelo
2019 | London Print Studio Gallery, London, UK
2020 | Galería Blackburn 20|20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,New York, USA
2021 | IMPACT11, Hong Kong, China
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