Serene Dakak

31.07.17 25.08.17

Serene Dakak is a Palestinian artist who was born and lives in Haifa, within Israel -as she herself defines it-, she is a minority within Israel, with her own institutions and community life. She is an artist and art therapist who uses art to understand both the world and herself, raise awareness and produce changes in her context. She became interested in Argentina for being a country of revolutions and resistance.


A paper has the ability to reflect the internal experiences that are generated by bringing together different selfobjects, this reflection is an act of support, of stopping time, and gives us an opportunity to observe what we internalize, miss and repress. In this way, observation of the artistic process and final work helps us to form a more cohesive and integrated self. This project plays both roles: on the one hand, the role of the transformer, the medium that allows one to go from abstract thoughts, emotions and questions related to self-esteem, self-image and facing the contemporary world of rapid movements towards painting. On the other hand, it is a selfobject, a product, that creates a new experience.

Serene Dakak
1991 | Haifa, Israel.

2017 | Master of Art Therapy, University of Haifa, Israel.
2015 | Bachelor of Visual Arts (focus on education), University of Haifa, Israel.

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Open Studio

Open Studio #8
Artists in Dialogue


On Friday, August 25th, 2017 we held an Open Studio as a closing to the residency period of ´acePIRAR | Artist-in-Residency International Program. The four artists-in-residency presented their works in process in each of their workspaces, generating dialogues, suggestions and relevant contributions from those who visited us.

Wah Yan Au (Hong Kong) showed her artist book in process and the photolithographies she did, and she also shared her research experience on bookstores, independent publishers of Buenos Aires and Latin American authors.

Serene Dakak, sub30 artist from Palestine, presented her project Selfobject and spoke about how each different context affects her work, her self-portrait and her self-reflection.

Michael Claire (USA) was working in The Tower, and there he showed the significant amount of works he produced during his month in Buenos Aires. Michael took the walking tour of this city as a starting point for the artworks, in one month he used only once the public transport (which is very significant, taking into account the size of Buenos Aires). He drew on maps all his travels and took this as a formal basis for his artwork.

Bárbara Alperowicz, an artist from Buenos Aires who made a 5-days micro-Residency, also talked about her brief but intense time at ´ace, about her visual and conceptual work on what disappears or re-locates and her formal and technical search to capture or reflect on the topic.

4 artists from distant places, showed many points and interests in common from the first day. All interested by the social role of the artist in the contemporary world and very committed to their production.

In addition, the international projects El Pliego (organized by the Grupo dx5 of the University of Vigo in Pontevedra, Spain in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Arts of the University of Quebec in Canada) and Self-portraits 9, Montana State University session, continue on exhibit.

International Projects exhibited
The Fold
Self-portraits 9

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


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.

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