United States of America
During her residency at ´ace Laura Pawson worked at a site-specific installation in the Transversal Space. Graduated from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, Laura is a young artist who has spent these last years in Chicago and who upon completing her residency in Buenos Aires will return to New York to continue her career.
Culture can be defined by the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a certain social, age, or ethnic group. Contemporary society tends to confuse the lines that separate the concept of race with that of culture. My work attempts to explore these territories by examining how these concepts overlap to define new prejudices.
In my work I use collages of fabrics and photography elements to convey these ideas. By integrating materials and concepts, I intend to push the viewer to re-evaluate their ideas and moral structures. Each viewer approaches the work with its preconceived principles but through interaction with it can reach a point where they reflect and examine their personal and social morals.
The text that I choose is a sample, often of conversations that I have had or stories that I have lived. I intend to include the text to question and provoke reflection beyond what is generated through the media, the geography of popular culture and the environment. I am interested in the history, events, and personal stories of interracial couples, mixed race individuals, racial property and identity, degrees of color, and sexuality associated with race.
I work to further identify myself, define and explore the concept and meaning of “whiteness”. I am interested in people who perceive and identify themselves with a culture that is not claimed as their own, in the connection of contemporary points of view with historical ones and to what extent these perceptions continue to be valid today, working towards a broader social and personal conversation.
Brooklyn New York, USA.
2008 | Bachelor of Arts, Emphasis in Art Education, Photography and Materials Studies, Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2007 | Certificate of Intermediate Spanish from Instituto Cervantes, Chicago, IL. Exchange Program of the Complutense University of Madrid. Spain.
2006 | Summer Studies Program of the Art Institute of Chicago. France.
EXHIBITIONS AND DISTINCTIONS
2011 | I am not a good enough feminist, Brooklyn. New York, USA.
2011 | Scroll Bowl, Frost Street Gallery, Brooklyn. New York, USA.
2011 | Between Spaces, Berrie Room, Photography Center. New Jersey, USA.
2010 | Mexico: A World of Toys, Chicago Children’s Museum. Chicago, USA.
2010 | Harold Arts, Chesterhill. Ohio, USA.
2010 | Lethal Poetry, Chicago. Illinois, USA.
2009 | Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck. Michigan, USA.
2011 | Guest Lecturer, Northeast Illinois University, 2011. Study / Space, Columbia University, Chicago, IL.
In [box] / Just a Shade Off
In [box] / Just a Shade Off is the name of the specific site installation that the young artist Laura Pawson carried out during her SUB30 residency in ´ace and that will remain in exhibition until May 19th.
IN [BOX] / JUST A SHADE OFF (by Alicia Candiani)
The work asks about how the concept of race is socially constructed and how this construction affects the relationships between individuals of different ethnicities in the society in which it is inserted, also reflecting on its own definition as “white” in a society. with interracial conflicts.
In the installation in ´ace the use of letters, the construction of sentences heard and given by certain ones add to their own silhouette in a kind of parcours throughout the Transversal Space that ends with two visual-literary statements: “White as the night ”/“ Black as the light ”. Reversing the adjectives that produce a value judgment on skin color, this work leads us to reflect on the complexity of racism and at the same time it raises the uselessness of defining an individual by the color of his skin.
Group exhibition ´ace Collection
Territories is an exhibition curated by Adriana Moracci among artworks from the ‘ace collection. The aims of this selection is to allow us to reflect upon political, economic, linguistic and corporal territories. They have been interpreted by contemporary artists through photography, performance and printmaking.
ABOUT TERRITORIES (by Adriana Moracci
Territory is a defined, outlined and demarcated place that provides belonging and identity to whom occupy it. In some cases it is a place to access or emigrate. The territory notion goes beyond a determined border. Although the etymology of the word indicates land or field not every community has its own physical territory, but yes, all have their own idiosyncrasy, language and culture that unites and links. The body is also a territory, one that is always present and constantly changing. A territory that contains and links us with the other, through verbal and corporal language. A territory that enables encounter with the ancestral and the primary.
Artists in Dialogue
Celebrating its 5th anniversary ´ace began the year with multiple exhibitions. Artists in residence presented their work: Evalotta Falkeborn Willner (Orsa, Sweden), Laura Pawson (Chicago, USA) & Nicole O’Loughlin (Tasmania, Australia).
At the same time on the main room Patricia Miani (Buenos Aires, Argentina) showed Sumergida and Monika Nguyen (Vienna, Austria) projected The Mind´s Eye at the central hall.
We thank all the people who joined us at the first´ace nite of the year!
Is an event that occurs periodically, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. During these time ´ace opens its doors and exhibition spaces to the community to show projects made by the artists in residence as exhibitions, installations and audiovisual presentations, art works of Argentine and Latin American artists selected in a free way through Fusionarte Contemporaneo, present books, art critics, hold performances (or do everything together!).