Pilar Aparicio Uribe
Together Apart: #Nest
My work involves a process of dissection, a discovery of situations and materials, understanding materiality as a register of layers that narrate time and whose articulation makes antithetical ideas visible: death implies life, the material realm implies the insubstantial realm, presence implies the absence. I often start from an autobiographical self that finds an echo in the detailed observation of the various expressions of nature. Within a practice with a strong focus on the process, I use video, photography, drawing, sculpture and installation to address my different interests: the idea of time as a medium and a metaphor to address notions of change or mutability, the eternal return, the landscape. affected by the presence of man, the psyche as a possible world and the body as a place from which to think about reality.
PILAR ABOUT TOGETHER APART: NEST
During the program I decided to think about the daily life that occupies me since the month of March, when the pandemic began. For the first exercise: Where do I nest?, I collected sticks that I found in my drifts through the natural territory in which I find myself, thus creating an archive of drawings that together weave a cartography of my environment. In Collective Nest, the second experience, I reflected on the concept of Translation by transferring the breath from my daily meditations into verbal language, thus enabling the materialization of air. And, the ongoing research “The sun burns over everything” reflects on how the apparently superfluous things with which we cohabit in the house -through the gaze as a classification mechanism- become images capable of telling my thought process.
Pilar Aparicio Uribe
1964 | Bogota
Lives and works in Tabio and Barichara, Colombia
2017 | Graduate Studies in Fine Arts, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá, Colombia
2020 | Lenguajes de Papel, the museum gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
2019 | Cielo Abierto, El Museo Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia (individual)
2019 | Fortuna, Museum University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
2018 | Planisferio, Colombo Americano, Bucaramanga, Colombia (individual)
2017 | Golden Gate, Sala Carlos Drews, Pereira, Colombia (individual)
Exhibitions, Together Apart
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
- Vanessa Freitag
- Camilo Gutiérrez
- Helena Kanaan
- Denise Koziura
- Jociele Lampert
- Cecilia Luque
- Carlos Marin
- Faustino Mercadal
- Maite Pinto
- Laura Romero
- Nerina Rosende
- Alejandro Scasso