Artists

Argentina

Michel Fassi
#7: Cohabitar Fronteras

03.02.22 03.03.22

Visual artist. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graduated in Marketing and educated in visual arts at the National University of Art, Argentina. He carried out artistic residences among them located in London, UK and in Epecuén located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As well as he performed artistic clinics curated and coordinated by María Lightowler and Claudio Roncoli.

ARTIST´S STATEMENT

I seek to reveal a new way of dealing with everyday life, confronting different cultures, rituals and creating new experiences building up ¨networks of consciousness¨. Drawing is my first tool in my works both inside and outside my studio, and at the same time I develop and put together interactive installations and experiences, for spaces, bands and festivals.

In a world overloaded with information and stimuli, I use drawing and sensory experiences as a meditation process, to convey the importance of self-knowledge, silence and connection with the environment. The imaginary, dreams, passages, invented worlds, opposition, borders (both material and mental) and cycles are recurrent concepts in my research, and nature is an endless source of questions and answers.

ABOUT COHABITAR FRONTERAS

Participating in Cohabitar Fronteras gave me the opportunity to delve into a subject I had already been working on, to meet and work together with people of great artistic and human quality. Although virtuality represented a challenge for me, it would not have been possible without it to meet people from other parts of the country and generate quests, essays and artistic works together.

BIO
Michel Fassi
1986 | Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

STUDIES
| Visual Arts, National University of Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

EXHIBITIONS
2017  | 2017 | “Elevar” individual exhibition, Salón Paddock, Declared of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Palermo Hippodrome, Buenos Aires.
2017 | “ “Zona Demersal¨, PLANKTON Artists Collective, Recoleta Cultural Center, Argentina.
2014 |  “Não é só Futebol”, Calouste Gulbenkian Arts Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2013 | European-Latin American Biennial “BELA Graf”, Enokojima Center for the Creative Arts, Osaka, Japan
2013 | ¨Paper cubed” project at the Diogo de Sousa Museum, Braga, Portugal

RESIDENCIES
2021 | Residence Epecuén, Epecuén, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2020 | “Inventing a Town” coordinated by Florencia Rodriguez Giles, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016 |  “The expanded field of drawing”, Slade, University College of London, UK

Related Activities

Fellowships, Together Apart

#7 | COHABITING BORDERS: results
Artists in dialogue

23.03.22

From cohabiting to collapsing, and vice versa, those were the movements and actions that we proposed from ‘ace for the seventh edition of Together Apart. We chose the title Cohabiting Borders with the intention of exploring the complexities that occur in the exchange of living together, and because we understand the meeting format of this program as an exercise in itself of cohabitation of a frontier: the border between our online and offline existence.

For this collective research, we also defined three axes that helped us review some possible strategies for cohabiting borders, these were: pointing frontiers, deprogramming frontiers, and metabolizing frontiers.
In this way, we were also able to observe different types of borders that contemporary artistic practices explore, from geopolitical, climatic, and technological borders, as well as the borders between forms of knowledge and methods of linking with the world.

The participating artists designed collaborative dynamics based on their areas and disciplines of knowledge but above all, opening themselves to the encounter with the experience of the other(s). In this way, great relevance was given to the exchange and the works generated from the reflection on the possible points of articulation between artists from very varied contexts.

In tune with the online environment of the program, many artists used that condition of “being connected” as an object and means of research, development and presentation of their works. They used streaming platforms such as Twitch and social media visual resources (Instagram filters) or video games. Also, several of Google's tools were used. In some cases these were useful to observe photographic records of  artificially generated borders between countries (Google Street View) and in others, the artists resorted to them to point out the limiting or creative interactions that are possible between human knowledge and artificial intelligences. (Google translate). In turn, there were many proposals that involved leaving the online world towards an exploration of the environments where each artist was and the records of it through
photographs, videos and the creation of video-essays.

Moved from the beginning by the desire to understand borders as membranes rather than walls, during the month of work, the artists began collaborative creative searches that have led to visual exercises that will be presented at the ´ace Foundation on Wednesday March 23 and that in many cases, they will be ongoing investigations.

FACILITATING TEAM
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (curator), Alicia Candiani (Director at ´ace) and Andrés Knob (Executive Coordinator at ´ace).
Assistant: Florencia Alborcen.

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 2022-2023
Deadline July 31st, 2022

 

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