Sandra Astuena
#5: Futuro

27.05.21 08.07.21

Sandra Astuena was born and lives in Argentina, where she studied and practiced law until 2005. She exhibited her work for the first time in 1997 and since then has participated in group and individual exhibitions in the country and internationally. She took courses and seminars with different teachers, studied at the IUNA the Bachelor of Visual Arts with Orientation in Engraving and in 2011 she began to work in Lithography at the Natalia Giaccheta Print Center. Some of her works are in private collections in Argentina, Hungary, Italy and the United States.


I am a sensitive, curious person, who believes deeply in willpower, and who knows that wounds heal and strengthen.

My work tries to represent the natural life cycles, which we are part of along with the rest of the species. The human figures represent the search for that intangible identity that travels in our unconscious. The natural frames where oval shapes follow one another, sometimes drops, other leaves, seek to represent the life cycles and the force of nature to be reborn again and again.


Together Apart is an integrative experience, a helpful tool to unite the points of view of people who are geographically distant and apparently different. We were able to work together collaboratively, at times where solo and isolated work seemed to be the rule. The exception was provided here. Fluid and nurturing exchange with team members, excellent material and bibliography provided, enriching analyzes and returns of those who coordinated. Special mention to Daniela Ruiz Moreno. Unforgettable.

Sandra Astuena
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012 | Visual Arts specialization in Engraving. National University of Art, Argentina
1998 | Minority Counselor
1996 | Specialization in Bioethics
1994 | Law, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 | Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2020 | PAPER AND PRINT, Eduardo Lira Gallery, Miami, USA
2019 | Galleria Metanoia Grabado Internacional, Paris, France
2019 | Central Newbery,Argentina Lithography, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2017 | Blank Space, Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 | Contemporary Graphics Symposium, Paraná, Argentina

2017 | International Biennial Mention CAAC, Argentine Center of Ceramic Art, Argentina

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#5 | FUTURO: results
Artists in dialogue


“The stone that I was has softened; cleared the hole. That mud that he was washed away. We already comply. The way is clean. What will I say now? I will say: Good. Like the seed in its blindness, without knowing the tree of tomorrow.” Eisejuaz, Sara Gallardo

For this edition of Together Apart (Spanish cohort) we worked with the concept of the future: Is there a future? What is a gesture with future? How would a collaboration with the future look like?
It was impossible to put aside the feelings of intimidation or contradiction that wondering about the future brings in a pandemic context where instability precisely puts the continuity of life, even more, in crisis.

We took a conceptual-artistic approach to expand the different conceptions of the future from the Western world, moving between utopian and situated futures considerations, and with the intention, likewise, of thinking about other ways of conceiving time, not in a linear and progressive way but through “a proactive work of the nexus between the past and the future”. (Silvia Cusicanqui)

Together with a cohort of 14 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking artists from the American continent we initiated a process of reflection and generation of works. Those collective and individual gestures will be presented to the external public on July 8.

We worked from the sensation and reality of cancelled futures, artistic actions in social contexts where the only apparent future is precariousness. The artistic action also as an ethical gesture of reparation of the past. Other artists produced work by taking as a starting point the suspicion of the future, questioning what futures seem to be available today and pointing out limitations that exist for non-normative bodies.

Various artists identified the difficulty of thinking the idea of the future outside of a linear conception of time, and thus explored the forms of time registration offered by different technologies such as video, photo, and even mechanisms such as the wheel of a printmaking press. The manipulation of such mechanisms, and the reflection with other materials such as ashes or mirrors, allowed us to explore non-linear times and observe how different technologies allow us to expand present moments, expand what is visible to the human eye.

Processes such as recycling, fictionalization, speculative imagination were used, and research laboratories were also activated with the intention to enquiry what our senses perceive as the future. Collaborations were activated not only between the artists of the cohort but also with nature and with other species. The future as a shared secret towards which we move.

DANIELA RUIZ MORENO [ curator-in-residence ]

was the theme that inspired us in the production of the practical exercises and fueled the conceptual discussions of the fifth edition of the online program Together Apart, which took place between May 27th and June 24th, 2021.

This page compiles the results of the cohort in Spanish, which included participants from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.

Artistas | Cohort in Spanish
Sandra Austena| Tigre, Argentina
Florencia Alborcén | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lurdi Blauth | Sao Leopoldo, Brazil
Juan Ignacio Coronel | Córdoba, Argentina
Leonor D’ecourt | São Paulo, Brazil
Dolores Delia | Argentina connecting from Australia
Walter Karwatzki-Chagas | Porto Alegre, Brazil
Denise Koziura | Quilmes, Argentina
Bimbi Larraburu | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cecilia Luque | Cordoba, Argentina
Frida Sofia Martínez Lerma | Chihuahua, Mexico
Marilyn Narota| Colombia connecting from New York, USA
Sebastián Nieto Ortega | Lima, Perú
Elsa Nievas | Necochea, Argentina
Nerina Rosende | Tigre, Argentina
Lusimar Torrealba | Caracas, Venezuela

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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

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