Isa Duarte
Together Apart: #Nest

14.10.20 04.11.20

There is something in my images that refers to intimate situations with a lot of emotional charge. Create worlds of minimal sensations, daily affects, reflections, mirrors, step between the real and imaginary world. Oscillation between seeing and understanding. Unveil what is beyond the represented dimension looking for traces of time, private and public, historical and immediate reminiscences.


At first, I defined NEST as a compendium of memory, a place of waiting, of resistance, of construction, of transformation. Making a formal analysis of the nest and identifying it as a meeting point of empty and full spaces, crossed by light, shady, a tangle of opposites, a kind of Borgean Aleph where we can see the entire universe in one way. Nest / threshold, hinge, instance of new beginnings.

Then collectively We saw the nest as a concrete Warp. The construction of The collective nest: language nested in nature and camouflaged with it. It takes as its form the artist’s book, an overlay of action and thought.
In a third moment The imaginary nest: archive, research, visual essays. Anthropology of the things that we nest from our homes, collection of visual essays questioning modernity through the infra ordinary object, habitual, the obvious, banal, common … what speaks to me, represents me.

Isa Duarte
1971 | Córdoba, Argentina

2020 | MACU, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Unquillo, Córdoba
2019 | BIGAI, I International Biennial of Engraving and Printed Art, Museo Palacio Ferreyra
2019 | X Atlante Prize for Engraving, Museum of Engraving Arts for digital printing, Galicia, Spain
2019 | Exhibition, Mirror Face to Face Miniprint Exchange, a Qu Bi Gallery, Vicenza, Italy
2018 | V International Gravura Biennial, Lívio Abramo, São Paulo, Brazil

2020 | Small format textile art room NIÑECES, Special mention
2019 | XXII National Hall of Engraving, Artemio Alisio Museum, Honorable Mention
2018 | International Biennial of Engraving, Luis Bourband, Concepción de Uruguay, Honorary Award
2018 | International Biennial of Engraving, Impact 10, Santander, Spain, Prize for the acquisition of the Museo Marítimo del Faro
2018 | Laguna Paiva International Engraving Biennial, Honorable Mention

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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.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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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.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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October 31st, 2023

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