ADRIANA BUSTOS, CLAUDIA DEL RÍO and MÓNICA MILLÁN

This exhibition brings together the work of three female Argentine artists from different regions of the country under the premise of tracing a map of history, visual traditions, and interpersonal relationships as fertile ground for the construction of a historical, emotional, and poetic imagination.

Adriana Bustos replicates scientific research methodologies to reinterpret the impact on subjectivity of historical events linked to different economic and political situations.

Within a spirit that looks to the past as a lively well-spring, Claudia Del Rio recovers traditional techniques that allow her to generate a fruitful relationship between artistic creation, popular handicrafts, and her visual language. 

Mónica Millán, on the other hand, uses lush materials and an emphasis on the exuberant ecosystems of the Misiones rainforests to investigate swarms of sound, color, and shapes as a way to understand the fragile relationship between humans and nature.

Adriana Bustos (1965, Bahía Blanca, Argentina): The investigative, documentary nature of her work means that photography, video, drawing, painting and performance are her most important production media. She has participated in the following Bienniales: Sharjah Biennial 14 (United Arab Emirates, 2019), Biennial of Asunción (Paraguay, 2015), SITE Santa Fe (USA, 2014), Montevideo Biennial (Uruguay, 2014), Rennes Biennial (France, 2012), Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2011), MDE Medellin International Art Encounter (Colombia, 2011), End of the World Biennial (Ushuaia, Argentina, 2009), Mercosul Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2005). In 2016, Millán was awarded the Federico Jorge Klemm Award for Visual Arts. She also received the Chandon Cultural Prize in 2004, 2005 and 2006; the OSDE Photography Prize in 2006; and the Andreani Award in 2008. Her solo exhibitions include: Prosa del Observatorio, 2017, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; Quién dice qué a quién, 2016, Galería Bacelos, Madrid; Positivismo mágico, 2015, Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporaneo. Her works can be found in several public collections, such as: Museo Reina Sofía, Fundación ARCO – IFEMA, MALBA, MAMBA, Fundación Aciacity, Fundación Federico Klemm, Fundación OSDE, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC, Lisbon), Modern Art Museum of Medellin, Fundación Cassa Osde Rizparmio (Modena), among others. She lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Mónica Millán (1960, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina): She studied at the Profesorado de Dibujo y Pintura Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Posadas, Misiones and has received grants from the Fundación Antorchas, the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the Rockefeller Foundation, Fundación Telefónica and the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes. In the year 2000, she won the Trama grant to participate in workshops for the analysis and comparison of works of art. She has been artist-in-residence in Banff, Canada and Bellagio, Italy. Since 1997, she has coordinated curatorships, art clinics, and seminars in the Northeast of Argentina. Since 2002, she has worked with a village of weavers in Paraguay, under the guidance of art critic and essayist Ticio Escobar, founder and director of the Museo de Arte Indígena del Centro de Artes Visuales of Asunción. Her main exhibitions include: the 11th Mercosul Biennial O Triângulo Atlântico (The Atlantic Triangle) at the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, 2018; Pasa ante mí el silencio, Vasari, 2017; ¿Oíste que los pájaros cantaban por el corazón de la lluvia?, Galería Zavaleta Lab, 2013; Solo Project, Galería Zavaleta Lab, Arco Madrid, 2014; Biennial of the South, Panama, 2013; El nacimiento de los colores, Galería Oscar Cruz, São Paulo, 2012; XI Havana Biennial, 2021; Ventosul, Curitiba Biennial, 2011;  El río bord(e)ado, La Linea Piensa, Centro Cultural Borges, 2009; Spanierman Modern Gallery, New York, 2007; Llueve. Es de siesta, Galería Zavaleta Lab, 2006; Situación de estudio, El vértigo de lo lento, Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador, 2004; Rockefeller Foundation and the Museo del Barro, Yataity, Paraguay, 2002; Jardín de resonancias, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la UNAM, Posadas, 2003; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 2002; The Other Gallery, Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada, 2001. She lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Claudia del Río (1957, Rosario, Argentina): In 1984, she became a member of the visual arts group, APA, Artistas Plásticos Asociados, in Rosario, Argentina. In 1994-1995, she was selected for the Fundación PROA’s Artwork Clinic Program, led by Guillermo Kuitca. In 1997, she represented Argentina at the Havana Biennial, Cuba. She participated as a teacher and guest artist in Trama, an independent cooperative program between artists, Rain Artists Initiatives Network, in 2000 and 2001. In the year 2000, she was the subject of a retrospective at the Museo J. B. Castagnino in Rosario, curated by Reinaldo Laddaga, who also published a book on her work. In 2002, she founded the Club del Dibujo (Drawing Club), which continues to operate. In 2004 she was invited to be artist-in-residence at Arteleku, San Sebastián, Spain. In 2006, she held a residence at RIAA in Ostende, Argentina, and in 2007 she was in residence at the Fundación Valparaíso, Spain. She currently illustrates the covers for the collection, Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas by Peter Lang Publishing, London, UK. In 2008, she launched the RUSA Project, a residency for a Solo Artist in Rosario. In 2009, she was invited to participate in the Artists-in-residence program of the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2011, she was invited to the Salto Biennial, Uruguay and the MDE11, in Medellín, Colombia.