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Laura Romero
Together Apart: #Nest

14.10.20 04.11.20

I am a multidisciplinary artist; I work with paintings, photographies, sculptures and graphics. I was born in Madrid but I have lived in Mexico for 6 years now. I consider my work quite intimate. Through my own experiences I tell the most personal side of everyday life, common issues that we face every day.

I want to provoke a second look, a reflection on everything that at first glance passes us by without our realizing it.
In recent years in Mexico I have been working with the city, questioning the territory in which I live and building a new identity, my identity. A look from the strange and the new at the beginning to be able to recognize myself in what I have in front of me.

 

LAURA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #NEST

This residence in ´ace caught me in the middle of moving and changing my life to where I thought I would find my nest. The creative process was carried out simultaneously with the making and undoing of boxes. All this process was reflected with a nostalgia for the past, a void in the process and a metamorphosis or flight in the final part. This ending that is only a beginning, and led me to a presence in the absence and vice versa. A search in memory and, at the same time, a dreamed nest.

BIO
Laura Romero
Madrid, Spain
Lives in Querétaro, Mexico

STUDIES
1999 | Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid specializing in Design
2006 | Innovation in digital art and culture, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
2007 | EFTI International Center of Photography and Cinema, Madrid

EXHIBITIONS
2019 | La ciudad me habita, Bernardo Quintana Art Center, Querétaro, Mexico
2019 | The English Channel, Herrick Gallery, London, UK
2011 | Anudados, Center d´art La Real, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2008 | Sentidos, Main Hall of the Toledo Art Circle Toledo, Spain
2008 | En la linde del camino, Sol y Bartolomé Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

RESIDENCIES
2020 | Image Laboratory, Hangar Cultural Center, UAQ, New Documentalisms, Querétaro, Mexico
2019 | Image Laboratory, Hangar UAQ Cultural Center, The City Inhabits Me, Querétaro, Mexico
2010 | University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins, London, United Kingdom
2008 | International meeting of NEXO artists, Toledo, Spain
2007 | Artistic residency at Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

AWARDS
2020 | Images in real time, Quarantine, Honorable mention, Secretariat of Culture of the State of Michoacán, Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia, Mexico
2018 | Semifinalist in the ARTBOX contest. PROJECT, New York 1.0, by ARTBOX.GALLERY, Switzerland
2006 | Selected for the “City of Palencia of Artistic Creation 2006” awards Palencia, Spain
2006 | Selected as “Talent of the week” in EP3, newspaper “El País”, Spain
2003 | Caixa Galicia Foundation, A Coruña. Work selected by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Our Lady of the Rosary

OTHERS (FAIRS)
2013 | jäälphoto, Madrid
2013 | New Art Fair Paris, Paris
2012 | XVI European Contemporary Art Fair in Strasbourg, Strasbourg
2012 | Affordable art fair, Hamburg
2012 | Affordable art fair, Stockholm
2009 | Art Madrid, Madrid
2008 | Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul

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Exhibitions, Together Apart

#2| NEST: results
Artists in dialogue

09.12.20

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.


CURATORIAL ESSAY 
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.

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

Open Call #3
Residencies 2021-2022
Deadline July 31th, 2021

 

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