MÓNICA HELLER FOR THE ARGENTINE PAVILION AT THE 2022 VENICE BIENNIAL
Heller's proposal has been selected from more than 30 preliminary projects presented in an open call through the Argentine Foreign Ministry and consists of a multi-channel 3D animation video installation. The curator of the exhibition is Alejo Ponce de León.
It will be the first time that a video installation occupies the Argentine Pavilion. The fantastic universe proposed by the artist unfolds through 15 3D animation modules distributed throughout the space. Ponce de León highlights the “uncompromising nature of Heller's work and ideas”. According to the curator, “Heller flies like a bee close to modern programs, to the avant-garde. Hers is not an art of culture nor politics. That oppositionism is a persistent feature of certain artistic-literary projects of the Argentine tradition, with which she has a lot to do. The commonplaces of discursive contemporaneity could not matter less to her and it is precisely for this reason that she can offer radical solutions to the contemporary problem of the artistic image”.
Through drawing, painting, 2D and 3D animation, Mónica Heller (b. 1975, Buenos Aires) develops a display of dense narratives mediated by anthropomorphic characters and objects in relation to the surrounding symbolic world. Her characters from stories or fables assume adult roles in complex relationships that link the viewer with familiar representations. Her work focuses on the emotional, social and existential impact of imaginaries crossed by the use of technology, the resources of amateur animation, DIY, CGI models from internet libraries, design and editing.
The call was made from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Culture, through the Directorate of Cultural Affairs and the Argentine Investment and International Trade Agency. The jury was made up of the Director of Cultural Affairs, Paula Vázquez; the Secretary of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Valeria González; the Academic Matilde Marín by the National Academy of Fine Arts; the President of the National Commission for Historical Monuments, Places and Assets, Teresa Anchorena; the Secretary of Culture of the Province of San Juan, Virginia Agote; the Director of the “Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez” Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Analía Solomonoff; the artist Mariana Telleria; the Executive President of the Argentine Investment and International Trade Agency, Juan Usandivaras, and the Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Andrés Duprat.
Heller has participated in the first edition of the Torcuato Di Tella University Artists Program (2009), created by Inés Katzenstein, and was awarded a scholarship by the MMSN foundation to carry out a residency at the Hangar Center for Contemporary Creation, Barcelona (2010). She has been awarded by the 50th Hall of the National Fund for the Arts 2009, Itaú Cultural Prize 2010, MUNT Hall of contemporary art Tucumán 2017, Andreani Foundation First Prize 2017 and Encouragement Prize at the 72 National Hall of Rosario among others. In 2019 she presented “From satellite consciousness to satellite knowledge” commissioned by the Braque Prize, “The Bleeding Cat and the Bearded Heart” at PIEDRAS gallery and Fundación Proa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and “OK.012/019” at LISTE – Art Fair Basel and Art Berlin. Her works were exhibited individually and collectively in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Salta, San Martín de los Andes, Tucumán, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile, London, Lyon, São Paulo and Berlin, among others.
The 59th edition of the Venice Biennale can be visited from April 23 to November 27, 2022