Drawing by Laurent Poisson (Brussels, Belgium) artist-in-residence 2019-2021
CONTEXT · NEIGHBORHOOD
The house is located in Chile 3386, Victoria, San Fernando, just a few meters away from Uruguay Street, which divides San Isidro from San Fernando. This street is not a just a mere district division but a wall, which until March 2009 was invisible, dividing one of the most exclusive areas of Buenos Aires, the suburb of La Horqueta, from a humble neighborhood, consisting mainly of workpeople of San Fernando. In April 2009, the mayor of San Isidro gave visibility to a problem that had been going on for years in the area and built a wall that aroused the fury of neighbors, the community disapproval and the rejection of the Government and which was quickly demolished. Walls, wherever they are built, make any possibility of integration instantly annulled.
The intervention of this space and the critical reflection in this context implicates, necessarily, dipping into social issues and involves the categories of territory and social space.
The house has several spaces such as: a wide kitchen and dining room, two bathrooms, a TV where everybody can see video art, a constantly growing library, three bedrooms, two big patios where the “Vegetable Garden” workshop takes place and a ceramic and glass studio where the workshop “Pequeños Aprendices” is taught to kids from the neighborhood. The home also features the Vegetable Garden on the sidewalk, and the Studio, which is equipped for Contemporary Graphic.
The workshop is equipped for graphic techniques and especially non-toxic graphics. It has a darkroom for photographic techniques with an insolator and UV lamp, enlarger, trays, scanner, computer, engraving press with 1mt roller, inking tables, tools and specific engraving materials. The workshop is also equipped with a glass and ceramic kiln.
Zona Imaginaria uses the entire house for the presentation of projects by participating artists; house, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, library, garden, workshops, and entire neighborhood are included.
We also have La Salita in the workshop, a specific gallery space, facing the street, equipped for exhibitions and video projects.
Autorretrato Filoso · Video installation – Matías de la Guerra 2020