Together Apart: #Nest
I approach food as a trigger for affections and a space for exchanges and its implications such as thought, phenomenon, sensation, device and many others that are built in search and encounters. Through different means, the one that suits how you want to react. I am interested in producing indeterminate conditions and contexts to take them from the public to the private or vice versa, based on experiences with people and the context we inhabit from Food. Yessica Díaz
Born in Tlalmananco de Velázquez, at the foot of the Iztaccihualt volcano, in Mexico, Yessica Díaz is a multidisciplinary artist, trained at the University of Toluca and with itinerant residencies in different parts of the world. Her work explores food using media such as installation, drawing, graphics, painting, objects, actions, performance, or what is most appropriate to generate various aesthetic effects.
In this direction, the artist carries among her belongings questions that guide her explorations and journeys. What happens between food and the body? How each decision affects the body as positions, organization, degrees of consciousness, reflection, etc? These questions are basic ingredients that guide the individual and collective projects of the artist. In Colombia “nostalgia was unleashed,” she says, and that is how this experience of artistically approaching the food that, she understands, “is inexhaustible” began.
To write 250 invitations to people in Madrid who meet December 5 to accompany her to collectively share a cake and celebrate her birthday in a public space in the city; spend an hour kneading between three people 15 kilos of flour with water and yeast and explore the materiality of the bodies; filling a refrigerator with the images of the graphic of the food supermarkets on sale that they promoted for six months and knowing the interpretations of what food is and the power of marketing are just some of the relational concerns, the needs to share, coexistence strategies which, generally, end in artistic pieces.
1980 | Guadalajara, Mexico
2012 | Master of Arts. Autonomous University of the State of Morelos, Mexico
2019 | Museum of Ciudad Juárez, México
2018 | Galería123. Mexico DF, México
2015 | VII National Biennial of Visual Arts. Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico
2014 | Border Cultural Center, Mexico
2011 | La Tabacalera, Madrid, Spain
2019 | CheLA, Buenos Aires and Barda del Desierto, Río Negro, Argentina
2017 | Platohedro. Medellín, Colombia
2016 | Rural Scapes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2019 | Incentive Program for the Creation and Artistic Development of the
State of Mexico
2010 | Incentive Program for the Creation and Artistic Development of Baja California
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
Pilar Aparicio Uribe
Renny J. Castillo Umpierre