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Gisela Banzer

We pass fleetingly, the bones and the stone precedes us
Gisela Banzer artista plástica
“Each of my artworks begins with a real story, unfolds on an imaginary plane, and concludes with an attempt to save ourselves from our own nature”.

About my work:

Towards the end of 2018, I wandered through La Plata Natural Science Museum in search of material for my upcoming works. Two stone glyptodons flanked the entrance, serving as a gateway to a journey to the 19th century. The enormous skeletons of extinct animals, the preserved bodies of those on the brink of extinction, and the exquisite entomological collections have remained nearly unchanged for over a century. The scarcity of female contributions led me to reflect on the difficulties that those interested in activities traditionally reserved for men faced until the early 20th century. This became the focal point of the first part of the MUSEUM series.

In 2019, as I continued my exploration, I began looking into the history of our native people, immersing myself in a controversial, infinite, and heart-wrenching topic. It has served as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the second part of the series.

Each artwork emerges from narratives and concepts that appeared almost serendipitously. The greatest effort comes from attempting to detach myself from the Eurocentric perspective in a bid to not view the familiar as alien.

Biography:

1964 – Born in the City of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1986 – Graduated in Visual Communication Design from the University of Fine Arts in La Plata.
After 25 years of work in the field of Design, I fully embraced the visual arts in 2012.
In 2014, in the series ‘Mythological Circus’, I addressed the theme of animal abuse and extinction. Depicting animals as anthropomorphic figures placed in places of conflict: circuses, zoos, altered habitats, scorched forests, etc., or in simple portraits.
By humanizing them, I present a mirror game of man-animal, as in Greek mythology, with the allegorical force of their symbols and emotions.
The “Museum” series, developed since 2018 and inspired by the La Plata Natural Science Museum, offers an imaginative and unique perspective on extinction, native people, and the role of women in science during the 19th and 20th centuries.
My style is close to magical realism and hyperrealism technique, which is intrinsic to my work, requiring exhaustive research, technical rigor, and many hours of labor.