In his practice, Nicanor Araoz attempts to push the boundaries of materials in search of intermediate emotional states. He uses the mediums of drawing, installation and other formats through which accumulation, assembly, dissection and other dissimilar operational gestures come into play, combining a faulty system of references. Araoz’s work explores themes related to Spiritism, monstrosity, sculpture techniques during the last Argentinian military dictatorship, materials of industrial consumption, and negative feelings as spaces of political enunciation.
Nicanor Araoz (born Buenos Aires, 1981) lives and works in Buenos Aires. He attended the National University of La Plata and Torcuato di Tella University, Buenos Aires. Araoz produces objects, installations and sculptures using comic books, Internet imagery and romantic mythologies as his reference points. His most recent works include Glotica, Barro Arte Contemporaneo, 2015 and Antologia Genetica. Esculturas y estudios encadenados, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, 2006-2016.
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Residents from Argentina
Maria Zervos’s most recent work revolves around an interdisciplinary approach to the moving image and text, documenting migrations, contemporary peripatetics and the recent refugee crisis. Zervos works across video, installation, performance and drawing in an ongoing negotiation between topos and utopia. She remaps cities, mountains, peripheries and centers, in a search for a personal synthesis of routes. Distinct for its allusions to crossroads and nomadism, Zervos’s work investigates the conflation of politics and poetics, often aspiring to social criticism.
Maria Zervos is a visual artist and poet from Athens currently living and working between the Netherlands and the United States. In 2012, she was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue art-related research at Harvard University’s Department of Film and Visual Studies. Zervos taught courses at Harvard University in 2014, and has been a faculty member at Emerson College, Boston since 2015. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibition worldwide including the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam; The Breeder, Athens; Onassis Cultural Centre, New York City; and the Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece among others. Her art is part of several collections including the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.maria-zervos.com
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Residents from The Netherlands
The works of Zorka Wollny inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music and are closely connected to the historic and functional context of specific architectural sites. Wollny understands architecture not simply as a material figuration, but rather as a cognitive space dependent on movement, an expression of cultural conditions and a scene of performative interventions. Following a critical interest in cultural codes, gestures and structural modes of behavior, which she observes e.g. in art production and reception and in environments of post-industrial work, she develops choreographic live-performances and concerts. The production of Wollny’s projects is based on a collaborative procedure and is often accompanied by public rehearsals and workshops.
Zorka Wollny (born 1980, Kraków, Poland) lives and works in Berlin. Her works have been shown in several contemporary art institutions in Poland, and she has participated in international exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2014; Academy of Arts, Berlin, 2013; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, 2012; Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2012; Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2011; Carrara International Sculpture Biennale, 2010; Z33, Hasselt, 2010; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 2009; and Royal College of Art, London, 2009. Wollny is a lecturer at Szczecin Art Academy.zorkawollny.net