They went North to arrive in the South

Graciela Sacco

22/Aug/2017 – 30/Sep/2017

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Press Release

We are pleased to announce the opening of Graciela Sacco’s first solo show in Brazil at Zipper Galeria. Curated by Diana Wechsler, “" gathers installations, videos, photographs and objects by the Argentinian artist, which is known for developing innovative techniques of photosensitive printing, breaking with traditional media. The exhibition presents an overview of her artistic output, including both important series from the 1990s – such as the "Bocanada" (1994), displayed at the 1996’s São Paulo Biennial – and some works from the last decade.

“They went North to arrive in the South" is also the title of some of these recent works in which the artist summarized central topics she has been dealing with in her artistic output: the relationship between memory and photography and between art and society, displacements, migrations, exiles and contemporary diaspora.

About the artist

One of the main names of contemporary Argentine production, Graciela Sacco (Rosario, Argentina, 1956) is recognized for works developed with innovative techniques of photosensitive printing, which allow for the recording of images in unusual media. Influenced by the Latin American conceptualism of the 1960s, her production has a strong political implication. The relationship between memory and photography is another theme strongly explored by the artist. In videos, installations and urban interventions, in addition to the heliographies in different materials, she examines the tensions between art and society and deals with issues such as displacements, migrations, exiles and the contemporary diaspora. Graciela has represented Argentina in various international biennials, such as: Venice (2001), São Paulo (1996), Havana (1997 and 2000), Mercosul (1997), Shanghai (2004) e Ushuaia (2009). Her work is part of important international collections such as: MAMBA (Museu de Arte Moderna de Buenos Aires), Argentina; MACRO (Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario), Argentina; Bronx Museum (New York, USA); MFAH (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), USA; Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, USA; the Microsoft collection, Washington, USA; Essex University, Colchester, England.

About the curator

Curator, researcher and holding a PhD in Art History, Diana Beatriz Wechsler (1961) is a full-time professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She has curated exhibitions and projects in Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Germany. Main publications: "Entre tiempos…Presencias de la Colección Jozami en la Lázaro Galdiano” (2014); “Pensar con imágenes” (2012), “Imágenes e historias” (2011), “Realidad y utopía, Realidad y Utopía” (Berlín 2010); "Gorriarena, Itinerarios" (2007), “Territorios de diálogo” (México, 2006); “Los surrealistas” (2005). Awards: AICA-ABCA (2003); Cámara de Diputados de la Nación (2004); AICA-AACA (2007).

Critical essay

They went North to arrive in the South. A statement that repudiates any certainty built during centuries about the forms of control of spaces and territories. Would it be possible for the South be in the North as well?

Or it would be impossible to reach there? Among sophisticated movements in favor of unfulfilled desires the gestures of a tensioned society fall apart – understandable, as characterizes Graciela Sacco – a society that raises their arms, open their mouths, runs and gestures in the attempt to call attention to its complaints.

Sacco places us in a continuous present, before situations that mark human condition signed by conflicts, battles, transits, migrations, and exiles.

Before the explicitness of the real, she elects that which is evanescent. Her images are inscribed with light (so are her heliographies about different objects), they carve their presence through transparency or disintegrate under the light of the sun; they change, fugacious, with the dynamics of daily life, and at each step they question the spectator installing a question and with it a situation for reflection.

Diana Wechsler