Dahn explores the relationship between sculpture and performance. Her process takes time, patience and a profound connection, and usually triggers a struggle between coercive forces that act on the space, the matter and the body.
She graduated with a Masters in Social Communication. She also studied Visual Arts at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the workshops of prestigious artists such as Miguel Harte, Emiliano Miliyo and Marina de Caro.
Between 2009 and 2010, she organized the program for artists at the Universidad Di Tella, with the tutorship of Jorge Macchi. In 2010, she obtained the first prize in the Curriculum 0 competition of the Galería Ruth Benzacar. In 2011, she obtained a scholarship from the MNSEN Foundation and attended a postgraduate program in the sculpture department of the Royal College of Arts, London.
Her solo exhibits include: Cámara (Móvil, 2017), Rompimiento (Galería del infinito, 2014), Heterotopour (Galería Mite, 2012), Dócil (Galería Ruth Benzacar, 2010). Her collective exhibits are: Epsilon (MACBA, 2016), Seductionof a Cyborg (Barro Galería, 2016), Romántico (Fundación Proa, 2014), Calle e Rua (AGentil Carioca Art Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, 2011).
This performance seeks to push Elena Dahn's struggle against painting, sculpture and her own body to the limit. The minimalistic mise-en-scène, a latex surface and tension ropes attached to the body, all become plan and accident to create a sculpture that only exists when supported by physical elements in movement.
In this work, the real distance between the body's action and the material is taken to an extreme, slowing down the trajectory between stimulus and response. The different phases of the journey that makes up a nervous impulse are displayed in a large space, making it impossible, both for the public and the artist, to encompass the entirety of the experience in one single act of perception.
Coproduction: MARIACASADO - Home Gallery and BP.19