Helena Kanaan
Together Apart: Nest

14.10.20 04.11.20

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.


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.

Helena Kanaan
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

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Exhibitions, Together Apart

#2 | NEST: results
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.

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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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