Together Apart: #Nest
Maite Pinto lives and works in Bilbao.
Her artistic practice addresses the theme of memory and identity through the recreation of images in a quest to universalize and share both private and public documents. The use of engraving as a means to recreate archival images is a position directly linked to the desire for the permanence of memory, of not forgetting.
MAITE ABOUT TOGETHER APART: NEST
This program has helped me to reflect on my own artistic practice as a refuge in these complex times. Several exercises carried out have opened a series of questions related to the desire to find a permanent nest and its constant research.
Together Apart has reactivated my practice from my domestic space, challenging me to carry out collaborative exercises exploring various media outside the field of printmaking.
2017 | Master of Fine Arts, Manchester School of Arts, UK
2015 | Degree in Art, UPV / EHU, Bilbao
2020 | Awarded with Stand EL CORREO, International Engraving Festival, Bilbao
2019 | Memorias Analógicas, La Gota de Leche, Logroño (individual)
2018 | Katerina Eleftheriadou, Riikka Enne and Maite Pinto at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2018 | Kindness of Strangers, Itzal Aktiboa award, Saint Jean Pied de Port, France
2017 | The Great Medical Disaster, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2020 | Intaglio module, CIEC Foundation, Betanzos, Spain
2019 | Screen printing module, CIEC Foundation, Betanzos, Spain
2017 | The Solomon Basque Artist Program, Residency Award, New York, USA
2017 | JOYA Arte + Ecología, Almería, Spain
2015 | Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
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.
- Gabriela Agüero
- Pilar Aparicio Uribe
- Richard Aponte
- Alejandra Basañes
- Carla Beretta
- Marcela Casals
- Renny J. Castillo Umpierre
- Carmen Díaz
- Yessica Díaz
- Isa Duarte
- Vanessa Freitag
- Camilo Gutiérrez
- Helena Kanaan
- Denise Koziura
- Jociele Lampert
- Cecilia Luque
- Carlos Marin
- Faustino Mercadal
- Laura Romero
- Nerina Rosende
- Alejandro Scasso