Constanza Reyes
First Conquer, then Reign

06.02.23 01.03.23

Constanza Reyes studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile, where she currently lives and works. After a few years, she traveled to Seville, Spain to study a Master called Art: Idea and Production. This postgraduate course aimed to delve into theoretical research and contemporary artistic projects, where engraving became her main technique as expression—in particular, monocopy, pyrography, and green engraving. The collective exhibitions in which she has participated during the last years are related to her research in printmaking and photography. Currently, Constanza is working on thermal paper with different, more suggestive images, where she applies heat to generate dots and shapes. In parallel, she works as an arts teacher, teaching different practices of contemporary art, appreciation and analysis of works to students ranging from 14 to 18 years old.

Her residency project at ´ace works with an object book found during her search in used bookstores in Buenos Aires for something that aroused her interest. Thus, Constanza found a book that narrates and describes the conquest of Peru, which maintains many similarities with the conquest of Chile, her native country. With the intention of appropriating it and then adapting it according to her own experience, Constanza worked in our workshop intervening in the book, canceling the text, highlighting important words or phrases. Through the techniques of monotype (to cover) and photolithography (to print new images), Constanza updated this book with a personal aesthetic by using images of contemporary Chilean conflicts on the original paper.

My work arises from an investigation of the various routes that I take through the spaces in which I live. The concept of free roaming, as part of my methodology, becomes a resource to discover objects and situations that go unnoticed, stopping in front of the unknown and chance encounters. It is another way of understanding and approaching the territory in an affective way. Through photography, drawing and engraving I have managed to capture and project my own imaginary that is related to the recognition of the landscape as a meeting place and that dialogues with memory and experience.

Constanza Reyes
1992 | Santiago, Chile
Lives and works in Santiago de Chile

2018 | Masters Degree in Art: Idea and Production. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
2016 | Middle Education Professorship in Visual Arts. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
2015 | Bachelor in Visual Arts. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

2022 | Habitar: Espacios y memorias. Centro Cultural Osorno, Osorno, Chile
2021 | VI Concurso Artespacio Joven. Artespacio Gallery, Santiago, Chile
2021 | Artefacto X versión. Lo Matta Cultural, Santiago, Chile
2018 | Territorio Crítico. Laraña Space, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
2018 | El futuro es atreverse hoy. VII Jornada sobre Patrimonio y Naturaleza. Santa Clara Space, Sevilla, Spain

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Artists in Dialogue


The second aceNITE of the year presented five women artists from different origins (Chile, Canada, Spain, the United States, Venezuela and England) intertwining cultures, identities and memories to tell stories, discover secrets and make visible forgotten circumstances through the projects carried out during their residences at ´ace, in the first slot of 2023.

The territory, its journey and personal experiences are present in the stories of Amy Stoker (USA) and Constanza Reyes (Chile).  Stoker´s visual research constructs a narrative that reflects the struggle of generational unknowing and loss. With the help of a genealogist, the artist acquired records including censuses, land deeds, vintage and modern maps, and photographs to depict the family history that went missing over the years, seeking to build a narrative that reflects ignorance and generational loss.  By other hand, Reyes uses as a starting point a kind of found object: a book bougth during her tours around Buenos Aires that narrates and describes the conquest of Peru. With the intention of appropriating the book, the artist adapts the story with the history of the conquest of Chile, and with contemporary Chilean conflicts, according to her own experience, making a printed intervention on it.

Ariana Pirela Sánchez (Venezuela-Spain-Canada), Elizabeth Castaldo (United States) and Sacha Beeley (England) highlight stories related to the female universe. Beeley, present a short film that explores the harsh life of a Queen Bee within the hive.  The film metaphors with women invites you to think about mothers in all shapes and sizes and the invisible emotional labour they carry out. Elizabeth Castaldo addresses the idea of the divine in the feminine as a creative power and a force of connection with nature through an installation in the Diálogo space, which presents an installation overflowed of shapes and colors.  Finally, Ariana Pirela Sánchez (with a melted culture that comes from her Venezuelan and Spanish origins mixed by years of residence in Canada) uses a legend of the Wayúu culture (as a metaphor to narrate the female transmission of teachings) to weave and unweave the threads of memory. She re-weaved the forgotten stories through a poetic installation made with raw wool, which she built and in where she developed her performance.

We also celebrated Marcela Caballeros´s installation finissage -after three months on display- in the Espacio Transversal.

Open Studio

¨Primero vencer, luego reinar¨
Constanza Reyes

01.03.23 22.03.23

During her residence in ´ace Constanza Reyes developed her project ¨Primero vencer, luego reinar¨ (First to conquer, then to reign). It is an artist’s book unfolded that emerges from a permanent observation and wandering of the territory. Walking is another alternative to understand the space we inhabit, another way to capture and approach the territory in an affective way. It becomes a resource for discovering objects and situations that go unnoticed, stopping in front of the unknown and chance encounters.

After touring different spaces in Buenos Aires, she came across a book that narrates and describes the conquest of Peru. With the intention of appropriating the found object, she adapted the story with the history of the conquest of her own country, and with contemporary Chilean conflicts, according to her own experience. The book was directly intervened through monotype and photolithography techniques, which allowed her to highlight or cancel significant texts and incorporate personal images that dialogue between her memory and her recollection.

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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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