Artists

Argentina

Juan Pablo Ferlat
OPEN Buenos Aires

04.08.22 07.08.22

¨ A very interesting and transformative experience.¨


Juan Pablo Ferlat is a Visual artist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated as Image and Sound Designer at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires. His work generates the crossing of techniques such as 3-dimensional laser printing and scanning, laser engraving, photography and digital video, with ancestral materials such as virgin beeswax and crude oil. He received awards, grants and distinctions from the Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires, the Telefónica Foundation, Banco Itaú, the Latin American Experimental Hypermedia Center and Patronage of the City of Buenos Aires. His works were exhibited both in museums, galleries and institutions in Argentina and as international institutions in which the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, the Palais de Glace, the San Martín Cultural Center, the usina de las artes, the Cultural Center of Spain of BsAs, Latin American Experimental Hypermedia Center, the Castagnino Museum of Rosario, the Museum of Fine Arts and Contemporary Art of Bahía Blanca.

ARTIST´S STATEMENT

Focused on exploring the mystery of life through the design of an ecological series of both artistic practices and systems in order to mix cognitive-cultural tools (psychotechnologies). My works suggest scenarios that underline the power of technological speculation to illuminate new narratives and images of possible worlds.

I encourage the integration of ancient and current practices in order to generate ecological practices that allow us to think of 21st century Art as a tool for collective cognition. Which expands and gives rise to the awakening of the profound crisis of meaning we are going through as humanity. Paving a way to rethink and reflect on the link we have with the different forms of life that inhabit this planet with us. From these perspectives I am interested in placing my artistic practice in tension.

ABOUT HIS WORK AT THE OPEN Buenos Aires

Heridas is a work of paper made by hand with vegetable fibers, painted with antiseptics, crude oil and engraved with laser light. These works explore a syncretic language where ancient and contemporary technologies merge. The creating of each paper is a ritual, which takes between one and two months of work and whose actions are carried out within an ephemeral “témenos” (Greek τέμενος, ‘enclosure’) that I draw on the floor based on the proportions of my body. This “sacred space” is incorporated into the paper through this ritual. The pieces are a kind of skin-map that questions the body’s ability to be both a support for physical wounds and a memory of psychic wounds.

BIO
Juan Pablo Ferlat
1979 | Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

STUDIES
2004 | Image and sound designer, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

EXHIBITIONS
2022 | OPEN Buenos Aires 2022, International Meeting of Emerging Graphics «OpenBA», Culture House, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2021 | Sueños de Rebelión Silvestre, BIENALSUR, Palacio Dionisi, Córdoba, Argentina.
2021 | Ecologías Radicales, BIENALSUR, Museum of Contemporary Art of La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2021 | Inter/Especies. XX International Image Festival, Manizales, Colombia.
2020 |Dinámicas para la existencia, Kirchner Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

RESIDENCIES
2022 | OpenBA grant, Proyecto ´ace, FIG Bilbao and Fundación CIEC.
2005-2008 | Latin American Experimental Hypermedia Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
| Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles. USA.

Related Activities

Encounters, Exhibitions

OPEN Buenos Aires-A
Awards

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we launched OPEN Buenos Aires: international encounter of emerging printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared their works in traditional and contemporary graphic  and printmaking techniques with the visitors, celebrated the opening of their exhibition, offered workshops, demos and open talks, and, on the last day, 8 artists received the prizes awarded by the organization of the event.

During the inauguration, there were different guided tours by the OPEN Buenos Aires team and participating artists: we began with a guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi for high school students from the Cultural Pass program of the City of Buenos Aires, then María Romero Alves gave a demo of pinhole camera, and Florencia Reisz offered an approach to contemporary graphics through the works of the OPEN artists. Lautaro Parada offered Tarot readings, there was a guided tour for special guests by David Arteagoitia, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio and we closed with a collective toast thanks to the labels provided by Vino El Salvador.

After completing all the activities of OPEN Buenos Aires, the following 8 prizes were distributed, in addition to the 16 participation scholarships awarded to the finalist artists:

  • 2 First Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair in November 2022 + $250,000 for mobility + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Leticia Barbeito and Agustina Girardi)
  • 2 Second Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Solange Baqués and Lautaro Parada)
  • 2 artistic residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC in Betanzos, Spain, for 2023 (awarded to Mariana Gayoso and Agustín Begueri)
  • 1 residency scholarship at the BDC—Basque bioDesign Center in Bilbao, Spain (awarded to Julián Pesce)
  • 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, including accommodation (awarded to Florencia Reisz)

The prizes were awarded by a Jury composed of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director of Fundación CIEC) and Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Director of the OPEN Buenos Aires and Fundación´ace) based on the quality of the works presented and the activities for the public proposed and carried out by the artists.


OPEN Buenos Aires is a collaboration between the Fundación´ace (Argentina) and the ARTHAZI-FIG Bilbao Association (Basque Country, Spain). It has the support of the Mecenazgo program of the City of Buenos Aires—Impulso Cultural; CCEBA–Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires; Embassy of Spain; CIEC Foundation (Galicia, Spain); Government of the City of Buenos Aires; Etxepare Euskal Institua (Basque Country, Spain); with Banco Macro as its sponsor.

Encounters, International Projects, Workshops, Exhibitions

OPEN Buenos Aires
Workshops, talks and demos by artists

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: an international meeting of emerging graphics at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but they also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized in these fields or without previous knowledge in graphics in particular or contemporary art in general. As part of the application to the OPEN, it was the artists themselves who proposed different instances of exchange with the visitors of the event, bringing them closer to their techniques, their projects, their portfolios and their working methods.

The activities that the visitors of the event enjoyed are:

  • Guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi (CABA).
  • Pinhole camera demonstration by María Romero Alves (CABA).
  • Approach to contemporary printmaking through the work of the selected artists, by Florencia REISZ (Mar del Plata).
  • Fortune telling by Lautaro Parada (CABA): ask a question and the Black Mallet answers, and take your card as a gift at the end. Poetically appealing to the origins of xylography in the West – used to print playing cards and Tarot cards – the artist offered us a personal experience through his xylographic work Mazo Negro.
  • Participatory workshop on perennial monotypes por Noelia Toscano (CABA), Wenceslao Paunero (Pcia. de Buenos Aires) y Rocío Barzola (Salta): taller de fabricación de tintas con tierra e impresión botánica con la técnica de monotipos.
  • Demonstration on contemporary Gyotaku by Agustina Girardi (La Plata), Jorgelina Buchara (CABA) and Leticia Barbeito (La Plata): Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method of naturally recording the best catch of the day. Inspired by his processes, this workshop proposed to discover the potential of the things that surround us as possible printable matrices to generate their own discourse from the imprint that they leave printed on paper—the public was invited to bring their everyday objects to print on them and take them with them.
  • Intervened photography by Solange Baqués (Pcia. de Buenos Aires): the artist exchanged with the public her work process and photographic intervention on paper.
  • Infinite patterns workshop by Mariana Gayoso (CABA) and Ale Giorgga (CABA): this workshop approached the notions of contemporary art through graphic experimentation to the public. From the superposition of various materials, textures and graphic qualities, the importance of repetition and fragmentation is recognized, knowing and internalizing what a pattern is and how it is created graphically and continuously (notion of rapport, stamp, impression and stamp).
  • “Processing the digital weaving” talk by Julián Pesce (CABA) and Juan Pablo Ferlat (CABA): memory storage to create repeating patterns, physical and temporary units.
  • Participatory workshop “Building a xilomural” by Agustín Begueri (Córdoba) and Ale Giorgga (CABA).

OPEN Buenos Aires is a collaboration between the Fundación´ace (Argentina) and the ARTHAZI-FIG Bilbao Association (Basque Country, Spain). It has the support of the Mecenazgo program of the City of Buenos Aires—Impulso Cultural; CCEBA–Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires; Embassy of Spain; CIEC Foundation (Galicia, Spain); Government of the City of Buenos Aires; Etxepare Euskal Institua (Basque Country, Spain); with Banco Macro as its sponsor.

Encounters, Portfolio Review

OPEN Buenos Aires
Portfolio reviews and round table

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: International Encounter for Emerging Printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks for the public.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized or without previous knowledge in the field of graphics, in particular, or contemporary art, in general. As part of the professionalization of the artists, on Sunday, August 7th, a portfolio review was carried out by a jury specialized in graphics and engraving, both traditional and contemporary.

The portfolio review was carried out by the national pre-selection jury, made up of Juan Canavesi (Córdoba), Adriana Moracci (CABA) and Ali Valente (La Plata), who over 3 hours offered portfolio reviews, feedback, criticism of works, feedback and professional guidance to both OPEN Buenos Aires artists and independent artists who previously signed up to participate in this free activity. Once the portfolio review was completed, the open conference on contemporary graphics was launched, with the participation of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director FundaciónCIEC), Iratoi Retolaza (Bilbao, Basque Country, guest artist-in-residency and part of the Basque bioDesign Center team), and was moderated by Alicia Candiani (Director of OPEN and Fundación´ace).


OPEN Buenos Aires is a collaboration between the Fundación´ace (Argentina) and the ARTHAZI-FIG Bilbao Association (Basque Country, Spain). It has the support of the Mecenazgo program of the City of Buenos Aires—Impulso Cultural; CCEBA–Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires; Embassy of Spain; CIEC Foundation (Galicia, Spain); Government of the City of Buenos Aires; Etxepare Euskal Institua (Basque Country, Spain); with Banco Macro as its sponsor.

Proyecto´ace
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

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

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.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

2023 Open Call #1
Residencies 2023
Deadline January 31st, 2023

 

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