Within There is but One Abode

34 artists from Argentina

Adentro no hay más que una morada [Within There Is but One Abode] brings together recent works by thirty-four artists from across Argentina. These artists share a revealed desire to channel and strengthen their connection with the environment, be it material, intangible or even spiritual. Produced mainly in the last couple of years and steeped in the experience of isolation and rootedness into which we have been plunged by the pandemic, their works function as declarations of existence. They are ways of asserting we are alive through the production of signs, signals and actions on the world around us, as well as forms and images that express the desire to strengthen the bonds with our intimate worlds, with others and with what transcends us.

The exhibition’s title paraphrases a line from Argentinian poet Olga Orozco’s poem, ‘Desdoblamiento en máscara de todos’ [Doubling Out Into a Mask for All]: ‘Desde adentro de todos no hay más que una morada’ [From within everyone there is but one abode]. This line expresses the impossibility of distinguishing between the notions of existing and inhabiting. The works in the exhibition conjure this idea into our consciousness through images, many of which reinforce the fundamental value of identity and a sense of belonging. These works demonstrate that the individual’s relationship to their environment is a reciprocal one. Even those presented to us in the form of signs, geometries and other universal-seeming abstractions leave us in no doubt that they arise from a single locality and a single intimacy.

Some of the works in the exhibition seek to make the figure of the human body and the traces of the life-pulse recognisable in the objects and spaces; others make their presence felt by rearranging everyday objects and charging them with affective ritual value. Many of the artists use natural and found materials as a basic conduit for self-expression and show an interest in using forms of artistic production drawn from ancestral traditions and knowledge inherited or learned in community. Repositories of experiences, energy, exercises, labours and messages, all these works reveal that we can, from our most inner worlds, summon our power to transform reality while, at the same time, inviting us to think about rootedness as a form of resistance.

The stillness and confinement caused by the pandemic has momentarily made us invisible to the public sphere. These works are the other face of this impossibility of being seen. Through gestures, reflections and sensitive research into technology, through the production of new languages, the arrangement of refuse in the form of totems or talismans, or the will to penetrate other materialities and even the landscape itself, they become powerful ways of saying ‘I am here.’

Curated by Alejandra Aguado

Participating Artists:

Carlos Aguirre (Arroyo Seco, Santa Fe, 1981)
Blas Aparecido (Sauce, Corrientes, 1976)
Erik Arazi (CABA, 1990)
Gonzalo Beccar Varela (Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1983)
Gala Berger (Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires, 1983)
Florencia Caiazza (Olivos, Buenos Aires, 1982)
Eugenia Calvo (Rosario, Santa Fe, 1976)
Nacha Canvas (Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, 1990)
Jimena Croceri (Cutral-Có, Neuquén, 1981)
Soledad Dahbar (Salta, Salta, 1976)
Benjamín Felice (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, 1990)
Dana Ferrari (CABA, 1988)
Carolina Fusilier (CABA, 1985)
Denise Groesman (CABA, 1989)
María Guerrieri (CABA, 1973)
Juan Gugger (Deán Funes, Córdoba, 1986)
Nina Kovensky (CABA, 1993)
Lucrecia Lionti (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, 1985)
Alejandra Mizrahi (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, 1981)
Florencia Palacios (Sunchales, Santa Fe, 1994)
Mauricio Poblete (Mendoza, Mendoza, 1989)
Lucía Reissig (CABA, 1994) y Bernardo Zabalaga (Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1978)
Daniela Rodi (Santa Rosa, La Pampa, 1980)
Federico Roldán Vukonich (Paraná, Entre Ríos, 1993)
Florencia Sadir (Salta, Salta, 1991)
Matías Tomás (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, 1990)
Agustina Triquell (Córdoba, Córdoba, 1983)
Florencia Vallejos (Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, 1993)
Francisco Vázquez Murillo (Rosario, Santa Fe, 1980)
Antonio Villa (Esquel, Chubut, 1989)
Santiago Villanueva (Azul, Buenos Aires, 1990)
Agustina Wetzel (Corrientes, Corrientes, 1988)
Ana Won (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, 1989)