ANA GALLARDO

(Buenos Aires, Argentina 1958)

BIO


Born in 1958 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Lives and works in Mexico City.

Ana Gallardo is a self-taught artist born in Rosario, Argentina. She currently resides in Mexico City. Her incessant search as an artist coexists with the uncertainty of her private life, with the result that her life and work each act on the shortages and losses of the other. Her openly feminist work is a proposal to exercise art as a place of consideration and transformation; she uses it to address complex social issues, such as the many faces of violence and, in particular, violence against women or the violence of aging to which she has shifted her focus in the last few years.

She has created independent spaces in Buenos Aires, aimed at promoting local art, giving visibility to practices outside commercial or institutional circuits, and linking artists of different generations, such as Espacio Forest (2013) and La Verdi, México (2017). She participated in the 56 Venice Biennale (2015), the 1st Frestas: Art Triennial in Brazil (2014), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010) and the 7th Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre (2009), among others.

Noteworthy among her most recent solo exhibitions are Dibujos Textuales II [Textual Drawings] in Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires (2018), Escuela de Envejecer [School of Aging], in Machete Galería, Mexico City (2018) and the Es Baluard Museum in Spain, a solo show in Zona Maco 2018, Mexico City, Un lugar para vivir cuando seamos viejos [A place to live when we are old] in the Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires (2015) and in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mar Del Plata (2016), Pencas [Fronds] in Galería Oliva Arauna (2014), Madrid, and Sicaria [Hitwoman] in Galería Ignacio Liprandi, Buenos Aires (2012).

Her most recent group exhibitions include: Podría ser (una flecha) [It could be (an arrow)] in Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2018); Another World, curated by Tracey Emin and her studio thanks to The Deutsche Bank, in Frieze London and Frieze Masters (2018) and Reverberaciones, arte y sonido en las colecciones del MUAC [Reverberations, art and sound in the collections of MUAC], University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City (2017). She also participated in the Ad Minoliti project Modelo para una institución colectiva [A model for a collective institution] in the Siqueiros Public Art Hall, Mexico City (2018).

She was a resident artist at SOMA, Mexico City (2017). Her works are part of national and international collections.

STATEMENT

I’m interested in work processes.

Giving value to all those states that generate doubt, uncertainty, unease.

Clearly, the pushing of boundaries.

In particular, I have a lot of consideration for all that is considered a failure. I’m interested in fighting what is proposed as truth and the power that creates this situation.

I consider my practice a tool that evidences what is urgent and irreducible, all that oscillates between the invisible and the psychologically dense; the desperate word and impotence; discretion and exhibition of taboo; impetus and resignation; minimal materiality and extreme human situations.

I reflect on the precariousness as a situation imposed upon the marginal, the old, the sick, the lonely, the attacked.

Art is a potent tool that allows me to give visibility to all these arrogants everyday situations that confront us, day by day, and I’m interested in taking up the role that, therefore, it fills, socially, as an educator, as a connector, container and witness. I relish in collective work.

I grew up believing that art and artists should change the world.

I think that art and artists have an obligation with the sense of this world and, definitely, of this life.

We are witnesses.

And from the place each of us is installed in, and chooses to reflect and work in, we collaborate for certain things so that, maybe one day, they change.

SOLO SHOWS:

2018 Dibujos textuales II, Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Escuela de envejecer, Galería Machete, Mexico. Dibujos Textuales, Galería Machete, Maco sur, Mexico City, Mexico.

2017 Escuela de Envejecer, acciones, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico. Acciones primarias IV, Bienal Sur, Centro Cultural España / Museo Ex Baluard, Palma de Mallorca. Acciones Primarias IV, Trabajo en cooperación con el cuerpo educativo del Museo Ed Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Charla performática, con Sonidero Perea y su hija Laura, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico.

2016 Un lugar para vivir cuando seamos viejos, Curadora Victoria Noorthoorn, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Mar del Plata 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2015 Un lugar para vivir cuando seamos viejos, Curadora Victoria Noorthoorn, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Colección de Gallos, Bienal de Performance 15, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson, San Juan, Argentina.

2014 Pencas, Galería Oliva Arauna. Madrid, Spain.2014 Sustituta [Substitute], Zona Maco with Galería Ignacio Liprandi. Mexico City, México.
2013 Apropiación de uso [Use appropriations], Sam Arts Projects. Paris, France.
2013 Mis documentos. Colección de gallos, [My documents, Roosters Collection] Centro Cultural San Martín. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2013 La corporeidad obstinada de la memoria [The stubborn embodiment of memory], Museo Municipal de Arte. La Plata, Argentina.
2013 Atando Cabos [Tying ends], Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay.
2012 Sicaria, Galería Ignacio Liprandi. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012 Un lugar para vivir cuando seamos viejos [A place to live when we are old], Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. Londres, Reino Unido.
2012 El pedimento [The request], Galería Florencia Lowenthal. Santiago, Chile.
2009 El pedimento [The request], Galería Alberto Sendrós. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009 Calles et ceux d’Alstom, École d’Art Gerard Jacot; Belfort, France.
2008 A boca de jarro, Silvia Mónica, Limite sud, Galería Alberto Sendrós, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 Fragmentos para una niña triste [Fragments to a sad girl], Le 19, CRAC, Monbeliard, Francia. A capella, Casa Vecina, México.
2007 Casa Rodante [Rolling house], Galería Apetite. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2006 La hiedra [Ivy], Galería Alberto Sendrós. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 Tía Rosita [Aunt Rosita], Centro Cultural Recoleta. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2003 Patrimonio, Galería Alberto Sendrós. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2001 Cadáver exquisite [Exquisite corpse], Galería Gara. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2000 Instrumental, BAC Arts Center. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1999 Material descartable [Disposable material], BAC Arts Center. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1993 Sin título [Untitled], Casal de Catalunya. Buenos Aires, Argentina
1988 Sin título [Untitled], Salón de los Aztecas, Mexico City, Mexico.

GROUP SHOWS:

2015 Biennale di Venezia, 56º International Art Exhibition, All the World’s Futures; Venice, Italy.
2015 My Buenos Aires, La Maison Rouge. Paris, France.
2015 BP.15 Bienal de Performance, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 Frestas – Trienal de Artes, Sorocaba, Brasil.
2014 Soberanía de uso [Sovereignty of use], Espacio de Arte Fundación OSDE. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 Intimidades [Intimacies], Museo Provicional de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez, Santa Fe; Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Dr. Pedro E. Martinez, Paraná; Complejo Cultural Santa Cruz, Río Gallegos, Argentina.
2014 La multisectorial invisible [The invisible multisectorial], Ciclo La Plata arde, Teatro Argentino, La Plata, Argentina.
2014 The eternal traveller síndrome, Forest Centre Plus, Edinburg.
2014 Performatón, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 Yo, nosotros, el arte, [Me, us, the art]. Espacio de Arte Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 Entre tiempos…La colección Jozami en el Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, Spain.
2013 Buenos Aires, Fundación Proa. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2013 Atists Film International, Fundación Proa. Buenos Aires, Argentina; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany; Para-Site, Hong Kong, China; Hà N i DOCLAB, Hà N i, Vietnam; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy.
2013 Artesur, Collective Fictions, Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
2013 La Distance Juste, Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France.
2013 Mauvais genre, Le 19 CRAC, Montbéliard, France.
2013 Espacios íntimos [Intimate spaces], Universidad Nacional de Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina.
2012 Létranger, L’autre. Celui qui npus habite, In-Out House, Ferme du Rond-Chêne, Tourinnes-la-grosse, Belgic.
2012 Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas, [Our bodies, our life], Museo de la memoria y tolerancia, Mexico City, Mexico.
2012 Circuitos de género y violencia en la era tecnológica [Gender and violence in the technological era], Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
2012 Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2012 Premio arteBA-Petrobras, ArteBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2011 Buenos Aires, Historias de la calle [Buenos Aires, Street stories] / Geschichten von den Straben, Kunstverein, Wolfsburg, Germany.
2011 XI Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador.
2011 About Face, Portraiture as Subject, Blanton Museum of Arts. The University of Texas, United States of America.
2011 Mulier, Mulieris, Museo de la Universidad de Alicante, Spain.
2011 Arte de SantaFe. Argentina pinta bien, Museo Castagnino + Macro, Rosario; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2011 Cuentas pendientes [Pending accounts], Centro Cultural ESMA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2010 29º Bienal Internacional de Arte de São Paulo, Há sempre um copo de mar para um homem navega, San Pablo, Brazil.
2010 Ensayos y desvíos, [Rehearsals and deviations], Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires Argentina.
2010 Mientras sea possible [As long as posible], Casa América, Madrid, Spain.
2010 Que te recontra. Zozobras de un bicentenario, Centro Cultural de España Córdoba (CCEC), Argentina.
2010 Mujeres 1810 - 2010, [Women 1810 -2010], Casa del Bicentenario; Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009 7º Bienal de Mercosul. Grito e escuta, Fundação Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2009 Lo permanente y lo transitorio, [The permanent and the transitory], Centro Cultural de la Embajada de Brasil, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 Urbanidades, [Urbanities], Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 La materialidad, [The materiality], Espacio de Arte Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 El diario personal, [Personal diary], Centro Cultural España, Rosario, Argentina.
2007 Begining with a bang!, From confrontation to intimacy, Americas Sociaty, Nueva York, Unites States of America.
2006 Off/fóra, 29º Bienal de Arte de Pontevedra. Pontevedra, Spain.
2006 Nuevos artistas, [New artists], Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain.
2006 Estudio abierto, [Open Studio], Correo Central, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005 De rosas, capullos y otras fábulas, [Of roses, cocoons and other fables], en diálogo con la muestra de Rosemarie Troquel, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005 Ocultar para ver, [Hide to see], Museo Metropolitano, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 El secreto, [The secret], Centro Cultural de España, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AWARDS, GRANTS and RESIDENCIES

2014 Lucas Artists Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, United States of America.
2012 Residency at Art Festival Serrinha, Brazil.
2011 Grant, Fonca and Secretaría de Cultura de la Nacion Argentina, Argentina.
2010 Grant at Artistic Research Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009 Riaa, International artists residency, Ostende, Argentina.
2008 Casa Vecina, Artists residency, Mexico City, Mexico.
2007 1º Award at Fundación Klemm to visual arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Grant by The Metropolitan Government Fund by the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2006 Grant by American Center Foundation, New York, Estados Unidos.
2005 Grant Intercampos: Analysis and development program of projects inside de visual field. Telefonica Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2001 Mention, 5º Award by Fundación Klemm to visual arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2000 MenciónPremio Banco Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina.