Cecilia Stelini
Like mecca

22.10.12 09.11.12

Cecilia Stelini, a Brazilian artist, has been selected within the ´ace Program to carry out a public art project in Buenos Aires which aims to lead the artist, participants and spectators to reconsider the vision of their environment and establish notions of care and protection. It also seeks to provide new perceptions of public spaces and the city and therefore transform those spaces and people’s attitude towards them. Finally, this project seeks to achieve an exchange (of experiences, energies and knowledge) within a group of people of different sexes, religions and ages when sharing the action.

The Como Meca project will be carried out in Plaza San Miguel de Garicoits in the Colegiales neighborhood of Buenos Aires on November 3, 2012.


Como Meca [Rugs] is a shared artistic action that consists of the construction of rugs with flowers, leaves and natural elements characteristic of the area where the work is carried out.

I began the interventions of the CARPETS series having as a reference the procession carpets, typical of the Catholic religion, as they were part of my childhood experience, since I used to participate in their construction. Starting from the previous Catholic reference, I migrated towards the prayer rugs that Muslims use to carry out their daily prayers, since in addition to fulfilling the same religious function, they are transported everywhere and wherever the faithful go. It occurred to me that I could therefore build this idea wherever I was.

Como Meca is a work in progress developed by actions that take place through the construction of small rugs (approx. 0.60mx 0.50m) and that can be done at any time and anywhere in the world. For the construction of this work I use natural materials characteristic of each place previously investigated, flowers, plants, seeds, leaves, stones, earth, sand, etc. which are found in every single place where the project is being carried out.

Cecilia Stelini
1951 | São Paulo, Brazil.
Lives and works in Campinas. São Paulo, Brazil.

2008 | Visual Arts Specialization Course. UNICAMP (State University of Campinas). São Paulo, Brazil.
1973 | Bachelor of Design and Plastic Arts Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. São Paulo, Brazil.

Experimental artist; Produces projects (urban artistic interventions/performances).
Founding member of Grupo Pparalelo de Arte Contemporáneo. São Paulo, Brazil.

What He Didn’t Say, Performance, video, photography and design.
Confluences Project AT | AL | 609. Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
GRAFT. Performance, ZONADEARTENACCIÓN. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Calendar Project Roaming 2010 Grupo Pparalelo de Arte Contemporáneo, Pinacoteca Municipal de Piracicaba, Museum of Contemporary Art of America, Centro Cultural Atibaia. São Paulo, Brazil.
Elective Affinities Project Cultural Space of CPFL. Campinas. São Paulo, Brazil.
The block. Urban intervention. Campinas. São Paulo, Brazil.

2011 | Doubtful Place Residency Program. Pparalelo Group of Contemporary Art. Cali, Colombia.
2012 | ARRANGEMENT ZONE. Quilmes. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2012 | Deformed. 4th Valdivia International Performances Biennial. Chile.
2012 | ATOSenAÇÕES. International Festival of Performances and Interventions. Campinas. São Paulo, Brazil.

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Como Meca [Rugs]
Public-intervention-performance art


On November 3rd 2012, the public-intervention-performance art proposal that the artist Cecilia Stelini (Brazil) developed during her residency in ´ace was held in Plaza San Miguel de Garicoits in the Barrio de Colegiales.

There were many participants present besides the artist: a group of people traveled from Brazil especially for the project (among which was the critic and curator Paulo Klein), the ´ace team, volunteers, artists and residents of the neighborhood of Colegiales. In addition, the artist César Forero (also in residence in ´ace) participated in the action and performance and Noelia Andía who worked in the pre-production of the intervention had an outstanding participation.

Como Meca [Rugs], is an artistic intervention project on a public space which established contact bridges (through work with interventions and performances) that highlighted the power of artistic language to establish notions of care and preservation in the community environment (both public green spaces and nature in general), investigating the polarities between matter / spirit, perennial / ephemeral, devastated / preserved, abandoned / cared for, male / female, sacred / profane, ordered by means of the elements selected natural to perform them.

ABOUT Como Meca [Rugs]

The project Como Meca [Rugs] had the purpose of working with a group of people associated by a common interest (in this case of caring for the environment) in an artistic intervention (public art) that consisted of the construction of individual rugs with the use of natural materials (flowers, branches, fruits) previously collected in public spaces.

The idea of ​​this practice was to bring to a common space (in this case the plaza) the condition of a personal and collective preserved-sacred space, enabling its experience with almost fifty people who participated, and transferring the concept of the need to consider nature as a space that must be protected and respected.

The project sought to provide new perceptions of the public spaces of the city and therefore transform those spaces and the attitude of people towards them as well as achieve an exchange (of experiences, energies and knowledge) with a group of people of different sexes, religions and ages when sharing the realization.

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Como Meca
Participate in ´ace

11.10.12 26.10.12

As part of Cecilia Stelini´s residence and urban intervention, we are having an Open call in order to offer the opportunity to participate in Como Meca [Rugs]. Foundación´ace invites you to participate either as volunteers or carpets designers.

a)    VOLUNTEERS to participate with the armed previous and organization for the urban intervention.

Participation dates:

•    Between October 23 and 25 a previous meeting will be realized by the artist and the ´ace team.
•    On November 01 and 02 there will be realized the compilation of flowers and fruits. (3 hs. Each turn).
•    Saturday On November 03 will develop the urban intervention from 14 to 18 hs in the Colegiales Neighborhood.

b)    CARPET DESIGNERS artists and general public to be part in the urban intervention that will take place Saturday on November 03 from 14 to 18 hs in the Plaza San Miguel de Garicoits in the Colegiales Neighborhood.

The interested parties will have to send an e-mail to


If it registers as Volunteer or as Rugs designer.

The schedule may change for weather changes.
Como Meca [Rugs] is a collective outdoors artistic intervention based on the construction of carpet with flowers, leaves and other natural elements found in the city / area where the work is performed.

This urban intervention forms a part of ´ace PIRAR Programmes Internationally of Artistic Residences.

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Shared Conscience
Forero, Stelini, Coimbra


Save the date! On Wednesday November 7th at 7.00pm join us for the opening of Shared Conscience, an exhibition that brings together three artists whose interests are linked from the concept of the collective, the community and the experimental.

The Boustrophedon book, an installation by César Forero, will be exhibited in the Políglota Gallery. Forero, a canadian citizen who was born in Colombia, produced this whole body of work during his residency at ´ace, which took place during the month of October.

At the Central Hall, there will be a video projection, Como Mecca, an urban intervention led by the Brazilian artist Cecilia Stelini. This project was filmed in the City of Buenos Aires on November 3rd, 2012 and involved the participation of fifty people. As the artist says, “This is a work in collaboration, it is a shared piece”.

As part of the In Dialogue Program, we will introduce the collaborative work of Brazilian photographer Amanda Coimbra. Her project Brazil in the collective consciousness brings together more than 20 Argentine artists who reflected and worked on the various ideas we as Argentines have about the artist’s country, Brazil.

We are grateful to the Embassy of Brazil in Buenos Aires for the patronage of the Brazilian artists, as well as to the Botanical Garden, the German and British Cemetery, the Market of the Flowers and the volunteers who took part of the project Como Mecca. Also to the artists and neighbors of the city that participated in both projects amongst the Brazilian artists.


Is an event that occurs periodically, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. During these time ´ace opens its doors and exhibition spaces to the community to show projects made by the artists in residence as exhibitions, installations and audiovisual presentations, art works of Argentine and Latin American artists selected in a free way through Fusionarte Contemporaneo, present books, art critics, hold performances or to do everything together!

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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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