Urbanitas

December 10th, 2011- February 4, 2012

Urbanitas was a collective exhibition of contemporary artists whose work has being inspired by cities and urban life.

Cities are, by definition, the epitome of civilization. They are a human creation where people live, work, dream and die. Cities are the hubs of activity, the places that define us as social beings. So it is not a surprise that traditionally they have been the source of inspiration for artists. In this exhibition we explore the way contemporary artists see their relationship with cities. Gustavo Acosta, whose urban landscapes register his passing through diverse cities, gives back to us airports, aerial views and roller coasters from different urban centers in the world. Luis Enrique Camejo’s fascination with cities includes fragments of diverse metropoles as places of encounter, and train stations as points of departure whereas; Carlos Estevez’s evocative images illustrate the city that we all carry inside of us.

Santiago Porter’s lenses capture the decay of Buenos Aires, the place where he lives. Another Argentinean artist, Carlos Gallardo, appeals to distant relationships through mailboxes.

New York is a city that has been depicted in countless artworks, movies and books. Here we have Tony Berlant’s impression of it as a lonely city made out of metal while  Luis Cruz Azaceta is portraying it from a social and political viewpoint by recalling the 9/11 events. A different view of the city emerges from Gory’s whimsical snapshots, a balanced combination of the anonymity that prevails in big cities and the surprise of finding unexpected gems along the way.

Sometimes a city becomes a point of comparison, a platform for identity quests. This is Magnus Sigurdarson’s case; his pursuit in search of identity took him to the streets of London disguised as a Beefeater guard.

The relationship of these artists with cities varies; the unifying factor is that they are looking at the city not as a concept but as a real entity, a dynamic space in which life goes on. 

Project Room: Gian Paolo Minelli 

In the project room we will be showing a video by Gian Paolo Minelli. Minelli recorded images of daily life in one of Buenos Aires slums, creating an exact account of it, and highlighting the symbiotic relationship established between people and the place they live in.

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