Ana Gallardo displays a selection of decorative roosters that belonged to her father, a poet born in Grenada. With just a computer and a screen, she projects images and videos of these inherited objects, as a revival of past emotions.
How did this pastime begin? As a young man, Gallardo decided to pay tribute to Federico García Lorca. Since the poet's work was banned, he invited his artist friends to organize an exhibit on roosters, clearly inspired in the magazine Gallo (Rooster, in Spanish) published by García Lorca at the time. From that moment on, Gallardo began to collect roosters of different shapes, colors and origin.
With this piece, Ana Gallardo describes the efforts made by his father to keep the filial bond alive and minimize the gap between the known and hidden aspects of his life. Objects are a mere excuse to reconstruct memory and identity, both those of the artist and the audience.
Date: June 2
Time: 8 pm
Venue: MPBA. Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson
Production: Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Frankin Rawson (San Juan)
Curated by Virginia Agote
Ana Gallardo 1958, Santa Fe, Argentina.
She lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is an artist who incorporates autobiographical elements into her work. Through performances, Ana Gallardo invites different groups, including women, to face the passing of time. Her pieces are an invitation to reflect upon the quality of life in old age. She is a self-taught artist who studied with Víctor Grippo, among other artists. She earned the first Klemm award (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007), and the Mulier, mulieris Award granted by the Museum of the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain, 2011). Her most recent performances include Acciones primarias (Sorocaba Art Triennial, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2014); Un lugar para vivir cuando seamos viejos (Lucas Artists Residency Program, Montalvo Art Center, California, United States, 2014; Parasol Unit Foundation, London, England, 2012; São Paulo Art Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil, 2010), and Fragmentos para una niña triste, with drawings by Marie Ange and Muguette (Le 19 Crac, Montbéliar, France, 2009). Chief among her solo exhibitions are: Pencas (Galería Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain, 2014); Apropiación de uso, urban installation on the river Seine (SAM Art Projects, Paris, France, 2012); Mis documentos. Colección de gallos (Centro Cultural San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013); La corporeidad obstinada de la memoria (Mumart, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013); Atando cabos. Temporada 11 (Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2013); Sicaria (Ignacio Liprandi gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012); El pedimento (Galería Florencia Loewenthal, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2010; Alberto Sendrós Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009); Casa rodante (Appetite, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007); Cadáver exquisito (Gara art gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001), among others. Her most relevant collective exhibitions include Buenos Aires (Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013); Artist Film International (Whitechapel Gallery, London, England, 2013); Au plus près/Mauvais genre? (Le 19 Crac, Montbéliard, France, 2013); Artesur, Collective Fictions, at Nouvelles Vagues (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013); Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas (Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012); Circuito de género y violencia en la era tecnológica (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2012); Buenos Aires, historias de la calle (Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2011); About Face: Portraiture as Subject (Blanton Museum, Austin, United States, 2011); Ensayos y desvíos (Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010); Mientras sea posible (Casa de América, Madrid, Spain, 2010); Mujeres 1810-2010 (Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010); La materialidad (Espacio de Arte de Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008); Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy (Americas Society / Council of the Americas, New York, United States, 2007); Ostinato en Estudio Abierto (Palacio de Correos, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006), and De rosas, capullos y otras fábulas (Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005). Between 2006 and 2014, she participated in the following art biennials: Frestas - Arts Triennial (Sorocaba and São Paulo, Brazil, 2014); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012); Cuenca Biennial (Cuenca, Ecuador, 2011); São Paulo Art Biennial, (São Pablo, Brazil, 2010); Mercosur Art Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2009), and Pontevedra Biennial (Galicia, Spain, 2006).