María José Sánchez Chiappe

23.09.12 10.10.12

Maria José Sánchez Chiappe navigates and explores the field of experimentation and the random in art without any prejudice. During her residency, she developed and explored 1-1 = 1 an installation project in which she is able to converge her rigorous research based on laws and own systems that put matter, color and shape under the magnifying glass.


Generally my creative process is activated by force of doubts and curiosities. I make hypotheses that I must then verify. Through a theoretical and practical research process, I develop a system of laws that will be the backbone of this project. During the creation process, I will always relate to this system, either out of respect or transgression. Once the body of ideas is solid, I decide the issues that have to do with the support, the materials and the language. The support must be adapted to the idea and not the other way around. Each element must have a specific function. My purpose is to transfer my feelings.

I am currently working on a series called Acid Rain, in which I address concepts such as time, erosion, deformity, chance, control, chaos, balance, action, waiting, darkness and the light. These themes are manifested through a performance installation called Ice Painting Machine consisting of ice cubes melted on paper, also through pieces generated from melted, punctured and scratched plastic. Finally, this series also includes some Illustrations made in ink on paper.

Majo Sánchez Chiappe
1981 | Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2009 | Bachelor in Graphic Design, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires. Argentina.

National Fund for the Arts. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Farinera del Clot. Barcelona. Spain.

Related Activities


1-1 = 1
María José Sánchez Chiappe

10.10.12 30.10.12

The designer, analyst, observer, poetic-mathematician and artist María José Sánchez Chiappe presented her installation 1-1=1  in the Mezzanine Room of the ace house.

Like a lab or a dark room with white countertops, full of glass trays containing colored liquids and stacks of blotting papers, her playful work invites us to be not only observers but also an active part of her installation that is constantly changing with our presence as well as when we are absent.

The installation also presents a video -projected on a translucent paper that floats in the room- in which we can see the artist exploring the color, shape and matter used for her work.


´aceNITE, Exhibitions

Only Togethers


On October 10th, from 7 to 10 pm, the opening of the exhibition Bed of Roses [Twin Ghost] by the American artist in residence at ‘ace: Peregrine Honig, will take place. Also, during this occasion, the interactive installation 1-1=1 by the Argentine artist MAría José (MaJo) Sánchez Chiappe will be exhibited as well. Both exhibitions are the result of a production within the ‘acePIRAR project and the Artist-in-Residence International Program offered by the Fundación ’ace.

Also, within the program In Dialogue, we  will be presenting  two exhibitions: Altrove and Out of Time. In the Central Hall, the Italian artist Alessandro  Cannistrà, author of Altrove, will exhibit his work, which consist of a series of pieces from the series that was included in the main exhibition of Illuminations, the 2011 Venice Biennial at the Italian Pavilion. Made with smoke on paper, the selection of these works was curated by Massimo Scaringella.

Also, in the Transversal Space, Out of Time will be exhibited. This is a group show produced by Argentine artists Leonor Barreiro, Laura Morales, Andrea and Adriana Torres Serveras, who were able to express themselves through the difficult and ancient art of embroidery. The exhibition was co-curated by Alicia Candiani and Valeria Zamparolo from the ‘ace team.

In addition, during the opening, a performance by American (Mark Southerland and Christine Brebes) and Argentine musicians (Andrés Beeusaert and Quique Ferrari), will take place, where they will play Jazz and other musical genres.


It 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 to do everything together!

Special thanks
For the photos: Pato Parodi | Valeria Samaniego | Rocío Mera Sepúlveda
For the wonderful music: Mark Southerland | Christine Brebes | Andrés Beeusaert | Quique Ferrari

International Projects, Exhibitions

Group exhibition

16.05.13 11.08.13

The work produced during Crossover [KC-Bs As] was exhibited in Fundación ‘ace during three months. 26 artists from different countries participated of this project which took place in ‘ace during the beginning of 2013.

On the exhibition’s opening, May 15th, Buenos Aires public enjoyed and shared an ‘aceNITE not only with many of the Crossover artists, but also with Miguel Rivera (initiator of the project) who came all the way from Kansas City in the USA to join us.

Essay on Crossover (by Daniela Ruiz Moreno)

To work in collaboration means to unite, merge, and contrast diverse ways of seeing and thinking. It implies openness to receive others expressive languages, allowing it to penetrate and challenge our own language.

In Theory of Modern Art, Paul Klee, reflects upon human’s creative strength and states “it is necessary to reveal this strength, its functions, in the same way it reveals in ourselves, this strength together with the matter, should embody, become shape, reality”. Is because of this that I believe that working in collaboration means to reveal and to force the emergence of the creative strength inside the others work. This is only achieved by activating one’s own strength.

Following this it is interesting to note the variety of “crossings” and overlaps, the different levels of permeability explored and revealed by each artist. In some cases each ones images suffered mutations, established dialogs in which each issuer maintains some distance, they relate but avoid infection (Viviana Sierra). Images crush or become flatten with the presence of the other, but at the same time a level of merging is achieved (Natalio Altube, Sol Massera, Paula Nahmod). In other case, both languages relate organically (Alejandro Scasso).

Artists appropriate the original for their own work (Alejandro Thornton), or use it as an impulse or stimulation to explore questionings already present in their search (Cristina Solía). Even chance was present in a piece in which a strong syncretism between Judaism, Muslim and Catholicism was achieved (Gabriela Zelentcher).  In other works, the link between the two expressions was documented in a video. This resource allowed registering the randomness and importance of the entailment as one expression was not perceptible without the other (María José Sánchez Chiappe).

The virus, fundamental concept in the previous editions of CROSSOVER was interpreted in multiple ways in this session. In one case, the work focused in rats, essential actors and victims of the experiments to resist and battle viruses (Sonia Sánchez Avelar). In other, the artist was interested in the reproductive capacity of the virus, finding in its embryonic state, formal similarities with other beings (Bárbara Vincenti). The duality life/death that the virus holds was explored (Maren Preston), also the social danger and horror that epidemics produce. Infection, destructive in the case of viruses was founded in other human expressions such as laughter, in this case as something positive and empowering. Infection could be related also with colonial processes, where not only physical destruction is implied but also cultural, social and religious (Jennifer Pickering).

Crossover [KC-Bs.As.] is a project in which each artist had the opportunity to explore in a creative environment. Individual expressions became challenged, stimulated and embraced. Each artist, free to invade and to be infected by others creations, achieved in this way new languages.

A Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye’s original project

Participants artists
Argentina | Canada | Colombia |Korea |Germany | South Africa | UK

Gabriela Alcoba | Natalio Altube | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani |Felipe García | Simon Hall |Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim | Sol Massera | Magui Moavro | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe | Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Valeria Zamparolo | Gabriela Zelentcher



“Al Fresco” Books
María José Sánchez Chiappe

05.01.12 10.01.12

Related with the exhibitions of artists’ books MIMB I & II and Alchemy and other incompleteness, as the first activity of the year, ‘ace offered this exciting and unique project about small sized artist’s books.

Participants had the opportunity to study the over 140 books (and resulting formats and folding) that were exhibited during the summer in the Poliglota Gallery in the ‘ace house as part of the international exhibition of small sized art books MIMB I and II (Monumental ideas in Miniature Books).

Despite the hot temperatures in Buenos Aires during those days, a very interesting group of 20 participants (who came from the fields of architecture, graphic design, visual arts, philosophy, psychology, advertising and writing) accepted the challenge of expressing Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books. In 4 days of intensive work, the participants discussed the projects that roamed around common concerns: time, memory, absence, abandonment, childhood, desire and addiction, the interval, clothing and body among others.

Participating  artists in this project will be part of a first selection with the possibility of being included in the international exhibition MIMB III, curated by Alicia Candiani. The participant artists must then develop their project and make a minimum edition of 6 samples for the end of 2012. The  Al fresco Books group will meet again in the winter in order to make a presentation of the final selected projects.

Directed by:
Alicia Candiani and
Adriana Moracci

Valeria Zamparolo

Tania Abrile | Sandra Astuena | Alejandra Bagolini | Aida Cherkoff | Cristina Duro | Mariana Felcman | Aldana Ferreyra | Alicia Galindo | Silvia Guigon | Laura Lambré | Laura Menendez | Susana Munay | Teresa Pego | Carla Perri | María del Carmen Pumar | Claudia Rofman | Majo Sánchez Chiappe | Micaela Trocello | Liliana Waipan | Gabriela Zelentcher

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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