Hair, soil, cloth and food, are some of the materials I use in my works. Their common principle, universality and possibilities of identity formation induce me to investigate their potential as facilitators of collective experiences. These materials keep an inherited history that I am interested in exploring through various means, including performance, objects and installations.
I use low-tech techniques such as embroidery and interaction with the land to traverse migration processes, identity re-signification, and material and spiritual consumption. By exhibiting my intimacy through language and graphisms, I find a way of sharing these experiences and digesting reality.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I was born in Buenos Aires City in 1993.
I trained in critical study groups and painting workshops of Argentinean artists Diana Aisenberg, Fabiana Barreda and Belén Romero Gunset. At the same time, I took courses in Digital Photography (FotoClub Buenos Aires), theatrical wigs and makeup Fx (San Martín Cultural Center) and textile printing.
Since 2018, I have been a member of the Triangular Collective. We exhibited Conserve Nº2 at Cazadores Foundation selected as part of the P.I.P.A. program (Buenos Aires, 2019) and Conserve Nº1 in the Santa Fé Young Art Biennial. We study the seeds from political, cultural and economic angles as platforms to imagine the future.
I have exhibited my work in Argentina, Spain and the UK. Some of the exhibitions were A Voyage of Absurdity (London 2021), Idyllic Epicurean at Galería Amistad (2018), Reflejos (2018) at ‘ace Foundation, Obra Abierta (Spain, 2018) at Fundación Casa de Extremadura (Spain, 2018) and Open Studio at Timoteo Navarro Provincial Museum (2017).
In 2016 I exhibited 365 Geometric Days at the French Alliance of Buenos Aires.
I took part of residencies such as El Pasaje Residence (5th edition, Tafí del Valle, Argentina) coordinated by artist Belén Romero Gunset. In 2018 I received a scholarship to be part of the [EspacioEnBlanco] Residence of Fundación Proyecto ‘ACE.
I am currently taking part in a critical studies group coordinated by Flavia Da Rin.
I live and work between London and Buenos Aires.
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