Elisa Bergel Melo
No title (20 trips on train)

11.10.16 28.10.16

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
Grisart, Spain

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

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Open Studio

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.


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.

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Elisa Bergel Melo
1989 | Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in San José, Costa Rica


Own Essays
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.

Matías Piñero (Argentina)

Larga vida a la nueva carne
Agustín Rincón Méndez (Venezuela)
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (Argentina)

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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