Elisa Bergel Melo
No title (20 trips on train)
On September 2016, we received artist Elisa Bergel Melo within a sub30 Exploration Residency. During her residency, Elisa continued working with an archive of documentary photography that she has built herself through many years of education in that discipline while also work on a binnacle of her time in Buenos Aires in an artist book.
Elisa Bergel Melo is a visual artist working with photography as her main media. She studied in New England School of Photography (United States), Grisart (Spain) and most recently graduated from Veritas University, in Costa Rica. Her work is based on the possibilities of photography, those relating to the documentation of movement and time, the random chance of corruption and transformation, in addition to its direct relation with reality and also memory, as two driving forces that meet in the image. The result is an attempt to preserve the foregone respecting the markings of time.
Elisa Bergel Melo
1989 | Caracas, Venezuela.
Lives and works in San José, Costa Rica
2015 | Bachelor in Photography, Veritas University, San José, Costa Rica
New England School of Photography, USA
2016 | Foto Mala, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2016 | Currency Exchange, Claremont, California, USA
2015 | The Other Place, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2014 | Reminder/Return, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2006 | 13, Caracas, Venezuela
Untitled (20 train trips)
Elisa Bergel Melo
On October 26th, 2016 artist in residence Elisa Bergel Melo opened her studio show the work she developed during her weeks in Buenos Aires. Elisa registered the trip she did daily in the public trains in her way to the ´ace studio and back home, getting a glance of the diversity of activities that unfold everyday both inside and outside the trains. All this work was presented in the format of photographies, collages, founded objects and drawings. Elisa received the public at The Tower studio, and she talked with them sharing her ideas and reflections.
ABOUT UNTITLED (20 TRAIN TRIPS)
The approach from an unknown space to the construction of everyday life is an action that interests the artist Elisa Bergel Melo. From her stay in Buenos Aires within the framework of Proyecto´ace’s Exploration residency, she used 20 train trips as means of reflection on human behavior. From the experience of movement and behavior patterns that emerge from the circumstantial coexistence of public spaces, opposite concepts arise as order and chaos, interior and exterior , tensions from where the elements that make up the construction of the city originate as a meeting place between various experiences. Using different subjects and photographic techniques, the artist travels from the inside to the outside to establish patterns of behavior and possible observation,s to cover traditional formats such as portraiture and landscape at the service of fortuitous encounters with the unexplored.
Artists in Dialogue
October had its ´aceNITE featuring a variety of local and international artists and projects.
A site-specific installation by artist-in-residency Tehniyet Masood (Pakistan), longing, welcomed the community of Buenos Aires in the Dialogue Space . A work of great technical complexity that produced a comfortable atmosphere full of emotions of an artist that creates taking into account the place where she came from (Karachi in Pakistan) and the unknown place that her future holds.
In the Políglota Room, Larga vida a la nueva carne was presented, a video-art project by Agustín Rincón Méndez (Venezuela) and Daniela Ruiz Moreno (Argentina) that reflects on the link between the body and the digital.
On the other hand, Matías Piñero (Argentina), an artist selected in the SEMILLERO 2016 open call, presented his work Composition of a Gray Colour, while the artist in residency Elisa Bergel Melo (Venezuela) opened her studio to show the work she developed during her time at ´ace. The result of the project Fireflies / Vagalumes developed in August 2016 by the artist-in-residence Cristiano Sant’Anna was also exhibited.