Recently awarded with the Order of Merit of the Canadian government and Emeritus Professor of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, Liz integrated the ´ace team in the double role of resident artist and artistic director, the latter during the absence of Alicia Candiani, Founding director of Proyecto´ace who has been named International Randall Chair of Expanded Media at NYSCC, Alfred University in the State of New York in the USA.
The human body and the elemental in nature are recurring sources for Ingram’s art practice, which investigates transitional states between material presence and the ephemeral, and issues relating to the fragility of life and the environment. In an attempt to reawaken an understanding of our fundamental connections with nature, she is currently using images of glistening water and the human body, focusing on a specific lake site in the Alberta boreal forest. With the aid of the printed image, paper and ink, glass, light, shimmering pixels and fabric, she wishes to give the viewer an experience that will tap childhood memories of the sensation of playing in water, and will celebrate the wonder of this endangered and essential substance. Her work represents an attempt to re-awaken our fundamental connections and our oneness with nature, and our awareness of the elemental aspect of water to all life forms.
Born in Argentina and grew up in New Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto.
2019 | Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists from the 80’s, Galería de Arte de Alberta, Edmonton, Canadá
2019 | Biennial Winners: Shift in Canons, Centro internacional de arte gráfico, Liubliana, Eslovenia
2018 | The Farthest Shore, Galería de Arte Robert F. Agrella, Santa Rosa, California, EE. UU.
2018 | Intersecting Boundaries, Festival dell’ Arte, Palacio Bukowiec, Baja Silesia, Polonia
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2016 | She was appointed to the Order of Canada
2011 | Awarded the University Cup (the University’s highest academic honour) at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2009 | She was elected into the Royal Society of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture
2008 | She received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Research Excellence at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1998 | She was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Canada
A breath and the sound of water is what first touches our ears and our whole body, a tent that seems to have bodies in a state of enjoyment or suffering, bodies that are caressed or dragged with a golden silk, but we look up and it would seem to be a waterfall that solidifies as it approaches us, and we can enter the tent, search those bodies, but they are not there. In motion, that tent seems to be floating in the water, seems to swim like an anemone, breathes…
Touching Gravity is an installation that included digital prints, a photolithography portfolio, a silk tent, poetry at the level of our feet and photographs where touch, light, organic and inorganic are protagonists without eclipsing each other. A collaboration between Liz Ingram and Bernd Hildebrandt who, while they lived in Buenos Aires for 4 months, toured the city and created from the reflection on their bodies in relation to that city. A project that talks about the perception of oneself in relation to the other, about care, life and death.
Excerpts from the poetry of Touching Gravity
what voice is there between a hand and its fingers / what mitigates an elemental and fugitive breach / what places pressure within an oyster’s realm / what pinches shadows, tempting age not to forget / what seizes upon voices still listening to scars / what speculates upon every circumcision of a finger tip / what listens between lips and tongues / what tempts the land with rain / gravity dissolves light into sand / gravity wakes every new moon / gravity picks pendant fruit / gravity speaks through the silence of touch.
On May 30th 2018, we presented an ´aceNITE of transitions, farewells and welcomes, projects in process, projects on cycles and vital processes.
Liz Ingram, from Canada, a very special artist in residence who created in our residence for 4 months, presented the project she did in collaboration with the artist and her husband, Bernd Hildebrant, Touching Gravity.
[Blank Space] is a new residency format that we have been developing since 2017 and where artists from different contexts and disciplines work on projects in the same space, fostering synergy. The artists of [Blank Space] 3, Regina Calcaterra (CABA), Sol Rodríguez Díaz (Tucumán) and Elsa Nievas (Necochea) presented the projects they developed during the time at ´ace.
Emerging from the call for projects of artists from or living in Argentina, we presented Thorns also Grow in the Silence, by Florencia Nieto. Simultaneously, we invited Ezequiel Montero Swinnen, who showed photographs of his series Viento.
In addition, we welcomed Alicia Candiani, founder and current director of Proyecto´ace, who from January to May 2018 had been invited as an artist and professor in residence in the Division of Expanded Media, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, New York, USA
Open Studio #01_2018
Artists in Dialogue
On Wednesday February 21st, 2018 we shared the first Open Studio of the year, in which the artists in residence Akiko Keira and Liz Ingram presented their projects for colleagues and participants of the artistic circuit of Buenos Aires.
After 4 weeks of residence, the Japanese artist Akiko Keira presented her project To Reduce the Distance almost in a performative way, through which she proposed to present in Buenos Aires images and objects that she brought from Japan and Finland, a country in which she made a residency some months before. Akiko created an atmosphere of immersion that, through its Zen rhythm, forces viewers to practice the necessary patience before encountering difference, thereby distinguishing it from our daily rhythm.
Liz Ingram, on her part, gave a talk in which she told about her training, her time as a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and presented different projects that she has carried out. In addition, she shared her projections for her time in Buenos Aires, since Liz did a 5-month residency that included the temporary artistic direction of Proyecto´ace.
Encounters, Together Apart
Liz Ingram & Bernd Hildebrandt
“The differences between societies, nations and cultures is based upon a seemingly unproblematic division of space, on the fact that they occupy “naturally” spaces which are limited and fragmented. The representation of the world as a collection of countries, as in the most world maps, see it as a fragmented space, divided by different colors in diverse national societies, each rooted in its proper place, is an example of this.
In addition it is also taken for granted that each community embodies its own distinctive culture.Representations of space in the world are remarkably dependent on images of break, rupture and disjunction which need limits, borderlines …frontiers bringing us to deal with issues of space and place, along with some related concerns such as location, displacement, community and identity.
Today we have the honor to be with us two guest speakers who have navigated in their lives and in their art through different territories, rather than crossing borders, building bridges between them. During these years, their work together has been very productive and has resulted in numerous large scale installations utilizing fabric, paper and structures nationally and internationally.”
Alicia Candiani´s presentation of Liz Ingram and Bernd Hildebrandt as guest speakers at Together Apart: Frontier, English Cohort
February 22, 2021.
Liz Ingram is a Canadian citizen who was born in Argentina from a Polish mother and a British father and grew up in New Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto. For over forty years she taught at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and is currently Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Printmaking and Drawing/Intermedia.
Bern Hildebrandt is a Canadian citizen born in Germany. He has a background in industrial and graphic design, and sculpture. An interest in writing poetry sparked numerous collaborations with Liz Ingram in which his poems and digital work are integrated into the fabric of her large-scale installations and prints.
International Projects, Exhibitions
The World IN a Handkerchief
The World IS a Handkerchief : El mundo es un pañuelo
A Wandering Genealogy curated by Claudia DeMonte & Cecilia Mandrile
The World IN a Handkerchief : El mundo en un pañuelo
Guest Curator, genealogy Proyecto’ace: Alicia Candiani
Exhibition of pieces
selected from the Fundación´ace´s collection and Alicia Candiani’s personal collection of the participating artists in “The world IN a handkerchief”
For a month and a half, the Políglota Room is hosting three exhibitions on a rotating basis. From March 23 to April 1, “The world IS a handkerchief” and “The world IN a handkerchief: the genealogy of ´ace” were exhibited simultaneously, paying special tribute to the Argentine artist Graciela Sacco. While the original series returned to New York from where it will soon travel to England, the ‘ace genealogy collection was joined by a new exhibition of large format pieces of the participating artists, some belonging to the Fundación’ace collection and others to the private collection of Alicia Candiani.
The World IS a Handkerchief is a travelling exhibition rooted in the Spanish saying ‘el mundo es un pañuelo,’ which translates into English as ‘this is such a small world’. The project traces serendipitous encounters, moments of discovering personal connections in distant places or unexpected contexts. The project began with the meeting of Claudia DeMonte and Cecilia Mandrile as a mentor and student respectively at the University of Maryland, United States in 1995 and has expanded through an international collaborative network between mentors, students and
The World IN a Handkerchief is a new chapter of the project, a graphic, soft and traveling portfolio curated by guests artists from the core genealogy. Artist and curator Alicia Candiani, essential mentor of this genealogy, Founder and Director of Proyecto´ace, has been invited to curate this new collection that reflects her close creative family.
ABOUT THE WORLD IN A HANDKERCHIEF by Cecilia Mandrile
Handkerchiefs have accompanied people in celebrations and farewells in many cultures for centuries, offered bodily protection and coverage, and sustained expressions of political tenets and spiritual beliefs. In this project, handkerchiefs become vessels of memories and itinerant narratives; containers of emotions; translators of wounds, signals of ideological resistance. Each piece epitomizes a soft space that holds disappearing recollections of homeland as well as reflections on displacement and identity that can be carried as a tangible memento. In times when touch appears as a dangerous sense, every single printed handkerchief means a meaningful testament of the continuous nurturing mentorship among artists and educators, reminding us that the soft touch remains both an intimate and universal need of communication.
To celebrate this constant and sustained creative dialogue, in 2019 the curators developed a portable exhibition of 50 handkerchiefs that explored the meaning of belonging and interconnectedness that this Spanish saying so tangibly evokes. In the reconstruction of this alternative family made up of artists and collectives from different latitudes and generations during the last two decades, both printed an edition of 25 handkerchiefs, and sent a printed handkerchief along with a blank handkerchief to 50 invited artists to intervene with their own reflections
on home, identity and belonging. From this exchange a “wandering genealogy” was born, a tribute to the strong threads that have woven this shared territory as itinerant artists and educators.
A limited edition catalogue including the work of 50 invited artists was published by Impact Press, Bristol, UK and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Currently, the catalogs of workshops and portfolios remain as digital publications, thus allowing to document the constant growth of this genealogy. Chris Knollmeyer, a sound artist in residence at ´ace at the same time, composed for this exhibition a special piece: “Sound of the Handkerchiefs”. The piece is a piano study made up of 25 melodies. Just as the handkerchiefs are tied to each artist’s history and sense of home, Chris feels a connection to the piano.
March 23, 7PM. Sala Políglota
April 27th, 1PM
The World is a Handkerchief |El mundo es un pañuelo
2019 | London Print Studio Gallery, London, UK
2020 | Galería Blackburn 20|20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,New York, USA
2021 | IMPACT11, Hong Kong, China
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