THIS SATURDAY, NO LUGAR GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS INTO ITS RESIDENT ARTISTS’ STUDIO
Saturday, August 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Within the framework of its Residency Program, the Ecuadorian gallery conducts an Open Studio of Rocío Soria Díaz and Leonardo Jiménez, current artists selected in the project La Casa en el Aire. Thanks to its Covid-19 Common Emergency Fund campaign, the Casa en el Aire program offers access to housing and studio spaces for 2 artists residing in Ecuador from June to August. The project defends the positive effects that a basic access to housing and to the rent of spaces for studies could have on the artistic community.
Leonardo Jiménez (Loja, 1993). Visual artist. Bachelor of Plastic Arts and Graphic Design at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja. His work is influenced by movements such as graffiti, pop art and current television series. He is interested in generating projects that address economic, social and cultural themes related to the construction of identity from the local level. In 2020 he was part of the pinta 609 laboratory developed in espacio Violenta. His work has been exhibited in venues such as Violenta, CCE de Loja and Museo Naím Isaías. Lives and works in Loja.
“My work is influenced by the aesthetics of graffiti, classic animation and ‘bad painting’. I want to show the error as a possibility of closeness with the viewer. My works could pass as something “badly done” and show my creative process, they are loaded with stains and material features typical of the materials I work with.
My work has as its central axis popular culture and practices linked to informal commerce in the city as elements that make up a local identity. I am interested in the behavior and creativity of those who offer products and services as a strategy for occupying public space and a way of subsistence.
All this visual and auditory information is used to develop a series of characters that are born from combining and representing physical features, work tools and objects typical of the informal vendors who inhabit my environment.” Leonardo comments
Rocío Soria (Guayaquil, 1989). Visual artist. Graduated from the Visual Arts Career at the UArtes. Her work addresses the notion of self-representation and gender based on the use of new audiovisual technologies and Web 2.0. Co-Founder of the Telematic Worms Collective, Veuv, DDF. And Director of Art and Culture at the Ecuador-China Sun Yat-Sen Foundation, she has participated in exhibition projects such as: Se Alquila (2016), Interactos (2016-20), MMAT (2017-19), Resistencia 2020, GyeArte (2017, 19), Guayaquil Archipiélago - Real Smart Cities (2019), and Englobe (Museo Nahim Isaías, 2019). Winner of the honor award in photography and alternative arts at Faal16. Lives and works in Guayaquil.
“(I am) a constantly moving image that is expanded by devices with screens; I live heterotopias created on the internet. (I am) scroller, symbol, code, signifier, message. I can be several or none. I am overflowing in photography, video, noise and facilities. I believe in electrical impulses turned into cyber-images, in selfie culture, in voyeurism and exhibitionism. I believe in the desiring body, in that body that likes to (re) present itself, that hides or reveals, in the human-interface-game triad and in the need to be connected, updated and hacked.”
Residencia No Lugar, Esmeraldas E4-61 y Vicente León, La Tola, Centro Histórico de Quito
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