Together Apart: Nest
I work with print media, carrying out the concepts inherent in thinking about contemporary printmaking: multiplicity, matrix, repetition and difference. Materiality is what moves me, I am instigated by soft materials, they change over time, with the conditions of the environment; the heat, the wind, the cold, making him find his way.
The lithographic stone, where I investigate the gouaches, is my main matrix and it really inspires me to know that they have been in the world for millions of years and contain the history of our origins in their constitution. As a result of the engravings that I print, in addition to the traditional ones, numbered and signed, the most diverse ways of presenting them occur, going through the artist’s book, the installations and also the textile art, composing costumes that allow performative actions.
HELENA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: NEST
In ´ace’s residence Nest, I emerged with a great desire to discover what a nest is conceptually and, the opening of the proposed exercises motivated a series of images and possibilities to project or materialize those sensations. In the solo rehearsal, Nest: Space of Latency, I worked with candles, material that showed me clearly, suggesting that I contain a nest: accumulation, warmth, waiting and metamorphosis, merging with the concepts inherent to engraving: the candle is made in a mold / matrix, it is made in series, multiple, its shape is repeated but, when lighting each one finds its difference.
Working in collaboration was a very fruitful dialogue, with plenty of space for each participant to comment on their ideas. An exchange of sensitivities and affections that resulted in the crossing of photographic images in the second work; Shared Nest contains images of emptiness, wait and metamorphosis. In the third work, we have dedicated to making textiles, we thought about the body, the language, to nature in relation to culture.
1961 | Bagé, RS Brazil
Lives in Porto Alegre, Río Grande do Sul, Brazil
PhD in Visual Arts, Posgraduate Programme in Visual Arts, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Institute of Arts and Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Master in IT, Universidade Federal do Rio grande do Sul
Specialization Scuola Internazionale d’Arte Grafica Il Bisonte Florence, Italy
Poros mix Pixels, Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum (MARGS), Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Impressões que re-impelem, Contemporary Art Museum, Marco do Jaurú, Brazil
Corpos Incertos Semelhanças Informes, Paço Municipal, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Espacio Provisorio, Sala Poliglota, Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires Argentina
Lugar de, Sala Século XXI, Museu de Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
2020 | Proyecto ´ace, Together Apart, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, USA
2017 | Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sponsored by the Embassy of Brazil in Argentina
2018 | Marjorie Devon Scholarship, Tamarind Institute, USA
2017 | Azorianos Reflection in Visual Arts Award, Editorial UFRGS Porto Alegre, Brazil
2010 | CNPq / Capes Sanduiche Doctorate Scholarship in Spain
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