Sonia Sánchez Avelar
Sonia Sánchez Avelar, is a Mexican artist, who traveled to Buenos Aires for her micro residency and joined the International Crossover Project, in which 15 artists worked based on woodcut matrices made by Miguel Rivera, a Mexican artist living in Kansas. USA
Sonia worked with the image of rats, which are used in laboratory experiments and which are also victims of the manipulations and chemical studies to which they are subjected. She worked carving linoleum to produce a series of stamps (fast printing and low cost) with images of mice that conceptually deepens the concept of which the artist accounts.
The work in progress Requiem derives from my participation in the Crossover project * and poses collaborative work as a complex phenomenon that is not limited to the intervention of a given image but rather involves reflection on themes, concepts, creations and concerns addressed by another author and his revision from a different perspective because although in principle an alien iconography is adopted, his intervention raises new ideas and productions in personal development. The compositions of this graphic series no longer incorporate the images that originated them, but in a certain way their meaning is linked to the proposal of the other, so that the notion of collaboration –even from different latitudes- becomes “cause and effect” for creative practice.
* Where the notion of virus worked by Miguel Rivera motivated me to analyze the double reading about the rat with respect to the human race, being a virus transmitter and subject for study, potential danger and victim.
Sonia Sánchez Avelar.
1977 | Mexico City, Mexico
Lives in Mexico DF, Mexico
Master of Visual Arts (Honorable Mention), Academia de San Carlos, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
Bachelor of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
2011 | II International Artist Book Fair within the framework of the Fotosetember Festival, Centro de la Imagen, D.F. Mexico
2009 | Seventh National Biennial of Painting and Engraving Alfredo Zalce, Museum of Contemporary Art Alfredo Zalce, Michoacán, Mexico
2009 | Young Print, House of the Americas, Havana, Cuba
2005 | Sarajevo International Mini Print, traveling exhibition, Euro Art Center, Sweden
She has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Cuba, Costa Rica and Argentina
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER @ KCAC, USA
The international project CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] was exhibited from October 17th until November 14th, 2014 at the Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, USA. Organized
ALEJANDRO THORNTON I WRITE / I DRAW
PLACE AND MEMORY – Kansas City Art Institute students participated in the Foreign Travel Led Program to Buenos Aires. Upon their return they created a series of works made in response to their experiences in Argentina and Uruguay. These visual sources, or tokens are being adapted and processed around notions of the found print and memory recollection.
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] is an in-progress international collaborative printmaking project between artists questioning the established norms of the original production and authorship of artistic works. In this project one’s work, property and egos became irrelevant, as artists have to trust each other allowing themselves and their counterparts to place their hand-marks, images and matrixes on one’s previous works. In April 2015 the project will be received by the Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Washington States, United States, completing a successful project carried out as an initiative of ‘ace in 2013.
Argentina | Alemania | Colombia | Corea | Inglaterra | México | Sudáfrica | USA
Natalio Altube | Gabriela Alcoba | Carla Beretta
Alicia Candiani | Felipe García | Simon Hall
Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim| Sol Massera
Magui Moavro | Adriana Moracci | Paula Nahmod
Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston
Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe
Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra | Cristina Solía
Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Gabriela Zelentcher
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER-Cruce de Vías
From April 06 to May 16, 2015 the works produced in the International Project CROSSOVER [KC – BsAs] were exhibited in the Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Washington State, USA.
Organized by Cara Jaye, one of the creators of the project, CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] was in this oportunity part of a larger exhibition and event. It included the pieces of all the Crossovers sessions as well as artists Miguel Rivera, Alicia Candiani, Melanie Yazzie and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria’s residencies, lectures scheduled for April 7, 8, 9, 21 and May 5 and 7, in addition to gallery talks with the artists explaining the project.
Created by Cara Jaye (Washington, USA) and Miguel Rivera (Guanajuato, Mexico) in 2004 as a spontaneous collaboration that has now expanded to include the taking and trading of artworks by more than 30 artists from over ten countries, Crossover/Cruce de Vías addresses issues of exchange, borders, authorship, travel and the interplay within collaboration. The diverse body of more than 150 works incorporate drawing, collage, photography, painting and printmaking techniques as artists use layers and multiple viewpoints to form an active and ongoing dialogue on crossing borders and nationalities, bridging differences and expressing commonalities while sending work across actual borders.
International Crossover exhibitions
2015 | Crossover / Crossroads, Western Gallery, Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington, USA.
2013 | Crossover [KC-BsAs], Proyecto´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 | Crossover KC, Kansas City Artists Coalition. Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2006 | Crossover / Cruce de Vias, Shift Gallery. Seattle, Washington, USA and Jesús Garcia Gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico
Organizer Cara Jaye
Curator Amy Chalouptka
Lectures Alicia Candiani | April 7th, Miguel Rivera | April 9th
Amy Chalouptka, Alicia Candiani, Cara Jaye and Miguel Rivera | April 10th
Artists in Crossover [KC-BsAs]
Natalio Altube | Gabriela Alcoba | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani | Felipe García | Simon Hall | Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim| Sol Massera | Magui Moavro | Adriana Moracci | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe| Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra | Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Gabriela Zelentcher
CROSSOVER [ KC-Bs As]
Artists in dialogue
CROSSOVER [KC – Bs As] is the 4th edition of an in-progress international collaborative printmaking project between artists questioning the established norms of the original production and authorship of artistic works. In this project one’s work, property and egos became irrelevant, as artists have to trust each other allowing themselves and their counterparts to place their hand-marks, images and matrices on one’s previous works.
Adriana Moracci, ´ace‘s Master Printer, inspired by a set of woodcuts matrixes that artist Miguel Rivera left behind during his residency with us in 2011, launched the ideas that initiated this CROSSOVER session. The international project was completed at Proyecto ’ace/Artist-in-Residence International Program in Buenos Aires Argentina, and directed by Alicia Candiani, from February to June 2013.
Crossover has been designed as a collaborative project between artists questioning the established norms of the original production and authorship of artistic work ,leading to the collaborative work between artists from around the world.One’s work, property and egos became irrelevant, as artists have to trust each other allowing themselves and their counterparts to place their hand-marks, images and matrices on one’s previous works. Each piece made in this series is unique, these works are not editions, as individual pieces are worked on and circulated among its participants. All artists aimed to evolve in their own practice by finding common points of view and theoretical discourse. CROSSOVER [KC – Bs As] re-semantized 15 woodcut plates carved with digital techniques by artist Miguel Rivera at KCAI workshops in the USA. During three different sessions, participants joined to create new works based in Rivera’s matrixes.
Last but not least, Rivera himself participated in the different sessions in Buenos Aires given talks and delivering critiques via video-conference. Later on, he travelled for the opening of the exhibition at Sala Políglota in ‘ace on May 15th, 2013. The exhibition travelled to the USA and was exhibited at Maller Gallery, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City and Western Gallery, Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Click HERE to see pictures of the three sessions @ ´ace
Crossover is an ongoing art project started by artists Cara Jaye and Miguel Rivera. It began as goal oriented project in 2006 in the US and in Mexico, with Cara Jaye working in Bellingham, Washington and Miguel Angel Rivera in the historic city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Both artists traveled between their home countries to create these layered works on paper, which use various printmaking and photography techniques, Vandyke brown print, digital imagery, collage, fur, drawing and painting.
After having two successful shows in Guanajuato and Seattle, a continuation of that initial project became necessary after Rivera moved to Kansas City. This new body of work included a broader range of artistic practices using the immediate dialogue among artists.The project continued in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011, during the residency that Miguel Rivera did in Proyecto´ace where he started some pieces in collaboration with artist and ´ace director Alicia Candiani. The pieces was overtaken later while Alicia was in the Kansas City Art Institute as a visiting artist, where it was finished and exhibited as part of the Candiani solo show in Maller Gallery in the Kansas City Art Coalition in October 2011.
In 2012 a new group included its two initial artists in addition to Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, a Nicaraguan-American artist working in Kalamazoo, Missouri; Melanie Yazzie, a Navajo artist working in Boulder, Colorado, and Michael Schonhoff, artist and curator from Kansas City, Missouri in the USA. Crossover at the Kansas City Artists Coalition residency required artists to trade “half finished” works at the beginning of the residency and allowing their counterparts to intervene their pieces and finishing them. One’s work, property and egos became irrelevant, as they had to trust each other allowing ourselves and our counterparts to place their hand-marks, images and matrices on one’s previous works. Each piece made in this series is unique, these works are not editions, as individual pieces are worked on and circulated among its participants. All artists aimed to evolve in their own practice by finding common points of view and theoretical discourse. Jaye addressed issues of migration and adaptation to harsh environments while Yazzie used a trickster approach to bring attention to Native American political unsolved issues. Villalobos, Schonhoff and Rivera shared similar opinions about place, borders, language, conflict and fear towards unknown entities such as violence, viral threats and identity.
A Miguel Rivera’s and Cara Jaye’s original project
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Co-direction and Bs As project concept
Coordinación y asistencia
Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Voluntarios en taller
Germán Sandoval Silva
Alejandro Thornton (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Sara-Aimee Verity (Cape Town, South Africa)
Gabriela Alcoba (Jujuy, Argentina)| Carla Beretta (Rosario, Argentina)| Felipe García (Colombia/Argentina)| Simon Hall (UK)|Paz Jovtis (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Yoon Kim (South Korea/Argentina) | Magui Moavro (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Paula Nahmod (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Carla Perri (La Plata, Argentina)| Jennifer Pickering (Canada)| Maren Preston (USA)| Carolina Rogé (Córdoba, Argentina) | Sonia Sánchez Avelar (México/Argentina)| María José Sánchez Chiappe (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Alejandro Scasso (Germany/Argentina)| Viviana Sierra (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Cristina Solía (Morón, Argentina) | Gabriela Zelentcher (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Sol Massera (La Plata, Argentina)| Natalio Altube (Pergamino, Argentina)
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER @ Bs. As.
The work produced during Crossover [KC-Bs As] was exhibited in Fundación ‘ace during three months. 26 artists from different countries participated of this project which took place in ‘ace during the beginning of 2013.
On the exhibition’s opening, May 15th, Buenos Aires public enjoyed and shared an ‘aceNITE not only with many of the Crossover artists, but also with Miguel Rivera (initiator of the project) who came all the way from Kansas City in the USA to join us.
Essay on Crossover (by Daniela Ruiz Moreno)
To work in collaboration means to unite, merge, and contrast diverse ways of seeing and thinking. It implies openness to receive others expressive languages, allowing it to penetrate and challenge our own language.
In Theory of Modern Art, Paul Klee, reflects upon human’s creative strength and states “it is necessary to reveal this strength, its functions, in the same way it reveals in ourselves, this strength together with the matter, should embody, become shape, reality”. Is because of this that I believe that working in collaboration means to reveal and to force the emergence of the creative strength inside the others work. This is only achieved by activating one’s own strength.
Following this it is interesting to note the variety of “crossings” and overlaps, the different levels of permeability explored and revealed by each artist. In some cases each ones images suffered mutations, established dialogs in which each issuer maintains some distance, they relate but avoid infection (Viviana Sierra). Images crush or become flatten with the presence of the other, but at the same time a level of merging is achieved (Natalio Altube, Sol Massera, Paula Nahmod). In other case, both languages relate organically (Alejandro Scasso).
Artists appropriate the original for their own work (Alejandro Thornton), or use it as an impulse or stimulation to explore questionings already present in their search (Cristina Solía). Even chance was present in a piece in which a strong syncretism between Judaism, Muslim and Catholicism was achieved (Gabriela Zelentcher). In other works, the link between the two expressions was documented in a video. This resource allowed registering the randomness and importance of the entailment as one expression was not perceptible without the other (María José Sánchez Chiappe).
The virus, fundamental concept in the previous editions of CROSSOVER was interpreted in multiple ways in this session. In one case, the work focused in rats, essential actors and victims of the experiments to resist and battle viruses (Sonia Sánchez Avelar). In other, the artist was interested in the reproductive capacity of the virus, finding in its embryonic state, formal similarities with other beings (Bárbara Vincenti). The duality life/death that the virus holds was explored (Maren Preston), also the social danger and horror that epidemics produce. Infection, destructive in the case of viruses was founded in other human expressions such as laughter, in this case as something positive and empowering. Infection could be related also with colonial processes, where not only physical destruction is implied but also cultural, social and religious (Jennifer Pickering).
Crossover [KC-Bs.As.] is a project in which each artist had the opportunity to explore in a creative environment. Individual expressions became challenged, stimulated and embraced. Each artist, free to invade and to be infected by others creations, achieved in this way new languages.
A Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye’s original project
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Argentina | Canada | Colombia |Korea |Germany | South Africa | UK
Gabriela Alcoba | Natalio Altube | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani |Felipe García | Simon Hall |Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim | Sol Massera | Magui Moavro | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe | Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Valeria Zamparolo | Gabriela Zelentcher