Florencia Sadir’s work originates from her watchful gaze and sensitivity for the territory. She pays particular attention to the historical knowledge developed by the communities of the Calchaqui Valleys and, specifically, to the community of her adopted home of San Carlos, the oldest town in Salta and a birthplace of artisans and handicrafts. Her practice reveals the ways in which natural materials can be transformed using ancestral technologies in such a way that, when they come into contact with heat, humidity or wind, they are transformed into pottery, adobe or fertile land for cultivation. It is a production that helps in the construction of homes, food preservation and cooking, the channelling of water and the provision of shelter.
Sadir’s work, however, seeks to redirect these processes away from their functionality to exhibit the forms of the objects in the raw. With a minimalist attitude and remaining faithful to her conceptual training, Sadir, over the course of her short yet powerful career, has created stripped-down installations that reveal orders, textures, patterns and methods. The forms are subjected to a strong synthesis through which, when deployed and multiplied, they dazzle in their simplicity and the integrity of their presence.
Florencia Sadir (Cafayate, Salta – 1991), currently lives in San Carlos, a small town near Cafayate. She is a graduate of the School of Arts of the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán where she attended the Taller C workshop. She participated in the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella 2020–2021 Artists’ Programme and, in 2019, she completed the Escuela Flora Ars + Natura study programme in Bogotá, Colombia. In July 2022, she participated in “Still Alive”, the 5th Edition of the Aichi Triennale in Tokoname, Japan, directed by Mami Kataoka. In November of that same year, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires unveiled the exhibition Florencia Sadir: Ofrenda al sol [Florencia Sadir: Offering to the Sun], her first solo exhibition at a museum in the city of Buenos Aires. In 2021, she showed Todavía las cosas hacían sombra [Things Still Cast a Shadow], at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Salta and, in 2018, she presented her exhibition Un lugar sin nombre [A Place Without a Name], at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires. She has also participated in group exhibitions, such as: Trazar sobre el suelo el contorno de la polvareda [Trace the outline of the dust on the ground] (2021), at the Museo Jallpha Kalchakí in San Carlos, Salta; Adentro no hay más que una morada [Within There is but One Abode] (2021), at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, and Gualicho (2022) at Galería Revolver, Buenos Aires. Her works are part of the collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá and are also held in private collections in Argentina, Chile and Colombia.