Artists in residence 2016
We are happy to welcome Alejandra Mizrahi and Agustín González Goytía in our residency programme. Both are born, live and work in Tucumán, Argentina. They are highly active within the art and cultural landscape of Argentina. Together with other artists they run Rusia Galería, an independent contemporary art gallery in San Miguel de Tucumán.
Alejandra: “I feel a great curiosity for things that don‘t find a place in the contemporary life. I think about them as if they have lost their worlds: old carpets, forgotten weave techniques, tablecloths, curtains, wallpapers. All these elements have become ruins. Some materials account for what they were, why they existed, where they came from, how they were placed, and if they cannot tell us this kind of things, we can speculate about their beginnings, uses or destinies.”
Agustin: “I am interested in the way painting gets thinner upon raw fabric, how it has been absorbed by the support, dyed more than painted. Forms getting thinner, like a memory vanishes, disappears and emerges from the haze, this is the way in which the painting appears. I work with local images as a reference and some pictures that belong to other cities. I translate all this material to the painting, composing an architectural pastiche style, emulating the way in which they were put together into my country.”
Alejandrawas born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1981. She lives and works in Tucumán. She was awarded her PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in the Department of Philosophy with the dissertation "Wearable art: indumentaria y experiencia estética en el arte contemporáneo”. She had previously obtained masters degrees in Aesthetics and Theory of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Philosophy by the same University. She has participated in international and national academic congresses. In 2014 she participated in Curadora, Recidency Program in Santa Fe. Since 2011 she works in Rusia Galería, an art independent and contemporary gallery in San Miguel de Tucumán. She is the Academic Responsible of the Technical Degree in Garment Design in Architecture Faculty of the National University of Tucumán. She was the producer of the recently book called “Randa: tradición y diseño tucumanos en diálogo”. She has had Solo Exhibitions: SUPERNOVA, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014), MOTIVO, Rusia galería, Tucumán, Argentina (2012) and LOS TRABAJOS Y LOS DÍAS, Galería Isidro Miranda, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. She has made several Performances. Her work can be found in the collection of MACRO. Museum of Contemporary Art. Rosario, Argentina.
Agustinwas born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1981. He lives and works between Tucumán and Buenos Aires. He graduated in 2011 as a Bachelor of Arts in the Art Faculty at the National University of Tucumán. In 2015 he had a grant in the Programa de Artistas of the Art Department in the Di Tella University. In 2014 he was selected for the Residency Program URRA in Buenos Aires. Also in 2014 he was recipient of the grant Fondo Nacional de las Artes-Conti at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria H. Conti in Buenos Aires to participate in a training program for artists. He has had Solo Exhibitions: Alianza, MUMU (Espacio Cultural Museo de las Mujeres), Córdoba (2015), Nocturno, Pasto Galería, Buenos Aires (2014), Dicha, Rusia Galería, Tucumán (2013), Más grande que una casa, más pequeño que un ratón, Rusia Galería, Tucumán (2011), Instalación, Espacio Paréntesis, 3o distrito de Vialidad Nacional, Tucumán (2009). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. He has won different National Awards.