Samuel Maita Argote
STEREOTYPES (by Samuel Maita Argote)
Stereotypes is the title of my project that focuses on the discrimination produced by preconceived ideas about human differences. Negative opinions by the color of the skin, place of origin, social class, religious belief, sexual orientation and other stereotypes that classify society with generalized labels.
My goal is to produce works that create a dialogue with the public, to get timely reflection on this social problem, which excludes and hurts our dignity. Accept differences with respect and understand the value of diversity in society. With the technical and curatorial assistance I know we can achieve it.
Buenos Aires, considered the multicultural capital of Latin America, is the best place to develop this project. Its great diversity will enhance the elaboration of the concepts for each work.
For the technical development of the project Stereotypes I will take as a conceptual reference its etymological origins (stereós) “solid” and (types) “impression, mold” to obtain new ideas in the technical use of the Engraving, the Xylography, the Drypoint, the Monocopy and other graphic techniques that allow me to experiment with molds and impressions.
Samuel Maita Argote
1992 | Cochabamba, Bolivia
2014 | Bachelor in Visual Arts, Instituto Superior de Artes Plásticas Raúl G. Prada, Bolivia
2012 | Graphic Design studies
Group and individual exhibitions in Cochabamba, Oruro, Santa Cruz and La Paz
International exhibitions in Bulgaria, Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, Colombia, China, Japan, Poland, Argentina and France
2012 and 2013 | Higher Institute of Plastic Arts Raúl G. Prada, Bolivia
2014 and 2016 | ABAP – Cochabamba in 2014, international foundation Ivar Méndez
2015, 2016, 2017 | Municipal Contests of Santa Cruz
2015, 2017 | Hall Pedro Domingo Murillo
2015 | Eduardo Abaroa Plurinational Prize
Exhibitions, Open Studio
Samuel Maita Argote
In an Open Studio event, Samuel Maita presented the prints he produced during his residency at ´ace. Exploring questions about the bonds, prejudices and modifications of ideas that occur during and through migratory movements, the coexistence of different gender identities, nationalities, religions, etc.
Through photolithography and chine collé, Maita Argote put different ways to live together, play, face and relate. The artist developed a research on the different techniques within the graphic arts, adding new dynamics of production and reflection to the interior of his practice.
Stereotypes focuses on the discrimination produced by the preconceived ideas about human differences. Negative opinions on skin colour, place of origin, social class, sex, age and other stereotypes that classify society with general tags.
The discriminatory acts affect society in a negative manner; they contract people, lower the self-esteem, originate bad habits and create racist limits between the people in the society. Who discriminates does not recognize the other as a part of his group and pretends him to distance himself and makes him suffer negative consequences for belonging to a different community, a community that is considered inferior.
As a sensitive person to this situation, I pretend to visually communicate a message of equality, respect, tolerance and love towards our equals, principles that allow the acceptance and the value (recognition) of our diversity in harmony.
Artists in Dialog
A new ´aceNITE hosted the opening of exhibitions of local and international artists with their works from different disciplines, with the presence of representatives of the Embassies of Poland, Ireland and Bolivia.
The artists presented were:
Andrzej Tarasiuk (Poland / Canada)
His installation Nature: Space of Flows was exhibited in the Políglota Room
Valerie Driscoll (Ireland)
End to End, Performance Video
Samuel Maita Argote (Bolivia)
In an Open Studio, he showed Stereotypes at the ´ace Workshop, where he shared his experiences and ideas with all those who approached.
Cecilia Candiani (Córdoba, Argentina)
Cecilia presented her photography work Rewrite at the Dialogue Space.
Bárbara Vincenti Bech (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Her installation work Unmoulds was exhibited in the Transversal Space.