Perpetually Settling Dust
Monica Camin is an argentine artist, daughter of Jewish-German parents who found refuge in Argentina. She lived in Israel for 10 years and currently lives in the United States. Her artistic career began as a child, assisting her father with his copper repoussé. Later, she received formal training in Buenos Aires and New York. Camin dedicates herself to explore the deepest closeness between the self structure and the universalities of human beings, the emotional energy that leads the course of things, even if its implicit or explicit, the becoming of things.
Perpetually Settling Dust (El Rezo) is an examination of the residual effects of a cultural trauma reflected by a mixed-media transition piece that shifts in the approach and process of painter/sculptor Monica S. Camin’s practice.
Through exploration of her roots, her own individual existence and the effects of a life lived, Camin uses her work to ask questions and find answers through her narrative creations. The project that she is developing in ‘ace is also a work in collaboration with the Cuban photojournalist Kaloian Santos Cabrera.
Like most inquiries about history, identity and accountability, one response disrupts another. And much like the aftermath of conflict and the unknown consequences of our own actions, we are left with perpetually settling dust. Art exposes the fact of a multiplicity of histories, driven especially from an emotional and psychological perspective, which is what I respond to most.
In my case, there have been two historic events of state terrorism that have transpired in places that I consider my deepest roots. I belong to the second generation of survivors of World War II. For over ten years my work focused on how this affected me personally. I am also part of a generation in Argentina that suffered state terrorism, although by the time El Proceso occurred, I had already emigrated. From roughly 1974–1983 30,000 people were disappeared. It is estimated that 500 children were stolen, adopted and deprived of their true identity. These children are now adults.
We are grateful to the embroidery encounters participants: Niza Ballestero, María Noel Caridad, Cristina Duro, Elinor Peiretti, Silvia Guigón, Elena Gil, Melody Lachica Guini, Javier Cuberos, Veronica Souto, Clara Stivel, Susana Camin, Paola Cohen, Deborah Kaufman, Barita Vincenti, Denise Margueles, Miriam Bergonzi, Alba Castillo, Celina Levy, Beatriz Vaitkeviciuds, Sandra Astuena, Diana Susevich, Laura Ponturo.
1949 | Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lives and works in Houston and Fair Haven, USA.
1987 | The New School, Chaim Gross Sculpture. New York, USA.
1983 – 1987 | Art Students League, New York, USA.
1968 – 1971 | Manuel Belgrano Art University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1963 – 1967 | Paula A. Sarmiento Art Academy, Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions.
Perpetually Settling Dust
Monica Camin’s installation, Perpetually Settling Dust, was exhibited during Memories, the ‘aceNITE carried out on May the 20th of 2015.
A human shaped fabric piece which also worked as a screen for a video that was produced in collaboration with Kaloian Santos Cabrera (a Cuban photojournalist), was exhibited at the Poliglota Room of the ’ace house. Through documentary, poetic images and the constant sound of Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, the video amplified the solemn and ceremonial atmosphere of this piece that researched the residual effects of cultural trauma.
During the artist’s residence, several encounters took place, where than 20 participants collaborated by embroidering the big cloth with names of the desaparecidos (the people who was disappeared) during the Argentinian dictatorship that took place in the 70’s and 80’s.
Perpetual Settling Dust
We invite the community to be part of Perpetually Settling Dust (El Rezo) by participating of the “sewing circles” to embroider the names of documented Disappeareds onto a fabric skirt that will become the skirt of the sculpture.
Perpetually Settling Dust (El Rezo) is a mixed-media transition piece that shifts in the approach and process of painter/sculptor Monica S. Camin’s practice. Through exploration of her roots, her own individual existence and the effects of a life lived, Camin uses her work to ask questions and find answers through her narrative creations. However, like most inquiries about history, identity and accountability, one response disrupts another. And much like the aftermath of conflict and the unknown consequences of our own actions, we are left with perpetually settling dust.
Camin’s work is dedicated to closeness—an ever-deepening closeness to the infrastructure of oneself, the universalities that unite humankind, and the emotional energy that either overtly or subtly drives all things.
On May 11th, 12th and 13th from 3 to 6 pm at Conesa 667, Fundación ‘ace.