Together Apart: #Nest
I am interested in the everyday not only as a source of inspiration but as an aesthetic fact. I use it as an input in all the disciplines in which I participate. I like to generate beautiful images and then sew them into the same story. I feel that the important thing is to mobilize, to generate questions in the other, to help denature what is presented as obvious. I believe that the world, at times, can be a very magical place.
DENISE ABOUT TOGETHER APART: NEST
On Together Apart I made contact with artists from different disciplines and latitudes. While we generated content for the residency in a group way around the concept of Nest, the space for reflection and introspection allowed me to advance in my work in progress: Past on Pause. Bringing it, I believe, a greater depth by getting in touch with concepts such as the ‘archive methodology’ within the framework of contemporary art and, consequently, making use of “domestic archeology” as an input for my work.
1991 | Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 | Degree in Social Communication, National University of Quilmes, Argentina
2019 | Density 7850, Individual photographic exhibition, House of Culture of Quilmes
2019 | Density 7850 (projection), Paraty in Focus Photography Festival, Brazil
2019 | Photographic clinic run by Abraham Votroba, Casa de los limoneros, Colonia, Uruguay
2017 | Artistic residency within the framework of the Public Scene program, Tandil, Argentina
2018 | Selected for the 5th Biennial of Art and Culture of the UNLP by the collective project “Domingo Público”, La Plata, Argentina
2017 | Selected for the “Public Scene” Program of the Ministry of Culture of the Nation as an emerging artist, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016 | Training grant from the National Fund for Arts in Letters, Argentina
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