Together Apart: #Shelter
“If I wanted to summarize my work as a concept, it would be Identity. What makes me different is having an identical twin sister; I am a unique but a
repeated human being. I have always lived life in the plural and with my most recent artistic work, I want to experience who I am in the singular.”
Male Correa studies Graphic Design at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and his graduate work is directed by teachers José Antonio Suárez and Ángela María Restrepo. She works as an illustrator and as a professor at various universities. A painting course that she took with Master Luis Fernando Escobar changed her life to the point of deciding to dedicate herself to art full time. In 2003, she traveled to Cuba to study with the teacher Antonio Martorell. Since 2002 she has studied engraving at the Estampa Engraving Workshop in Medellín. She is currently studying drawing with Maestro Óscar Jaramillo.
The artist works on paper and sometimes combines her poetic writing as part of her exploration on the subject of Identity.
MALE ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
While exploring the concept of Shelter, I found that not only my twin sister has been a shelter for me, but also that language in our childhood was a refugee as well: we used to have a secret language made of sounds instead of words that worked as a secret space, only for us.
1967 | Colombia
2004 | Art Basel Miami, Dot Fifty-one Gallery, Miami, USA.
2006 | Casa Museo Simón Bolívar, La Habana, Cuba.
2011 | 5th International Miniprint, Rosario, Argentina.
2019 | Print matters, Las Américas: our history. Houston, USA.
2019 | Beyond the encuentro. IDBF Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington, USA.
2002 | Guayaco por dentro, Belfort Hotel. Medellín, Colombia.
2002 | Cobijos, University´s Museum. Universidad de Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia.
2011 | Humanitarian help, Museum El Castillo, Medellín, Colombia.
2016 | Dosconocidos, Museum Juan del Corral,Santafé de Antioquia, Colombia.
2019 | Semejante, Self managed exhibition curated by Julián Posada.
2016 | CUBO X. Casa Tres Patios Gallery. Medellín. Colombia.
2017 | La ciudad de los niños. Museum of Modern art. Medellín, Colombia
2020 | Together apart ARtbootcamp. Proyecto ´ACE Argentina.
2009 | Talent Award, Graduate category. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
2018 | National Cultural Prize, University of Antioquia, Drawing modality.
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#1 | SHELTER: 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.
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 first session, when asked about the conditions that a refuge can have and the conditions that we would like a refuge to have, the artists (coincidentally and by chance, we had a cohort one hundred percent comprised of women) generated sculptural pieces, artists’ books, photographs, videos, dance pieces and more, reflecting on the permeability or isolation structures that a shelter can have. Also, many artists started from their bodily memories to refer to the refuge and made improvisation and performance pieces. We created in relation to the refuge conditions presented by nature and the refuges that we create to protect ourselves from certain natural conditions. Memory as a refuge and shelters for memory also arose through textile practices or from the use of jewelry or objects with which we build links. Finally, the bonds and the community as spaces that shelter and spaces that imply care was another of the axes that we explored through pieces that included readings of texts and sound activations.
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.
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (curator-in-residency)
- Alessandra Stradella
- Ana Vivoda
- Aneikit Bonnel
- Anna Rose
- Ariana Pirela Sánchez
- Caia Diepenbrock
- Carla Freschi
- Christine Bruce
- Dawn Langley
- Dolores Delia
- Gina Kukulski
- Giuliana Grippo
- Janette Hopper
- Jannelle Roberts
- Jill AnnieMargaret
- Judith Elisabeth de Haan
- Male Correa
- Roseanne Lynch
- Sara Minsky
- Shereen Shalhoub