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Installation by Marcos Benítez, caraguatá tapestries by Esperanza Gómez and Jorgelina Ruiz, ceramics by Julia Isidrez, paintings by Osvaldo Pitoe and Ogwa, ballpoint pen drawings by Rafael Flores, Estela Geliuz, and Juan Crespo, engravings by Carlo Spatuzza, and wood carvings by Néstor Portillo.

The Crossroads: Indigenous, Popular, and Urban Art from Paraguay

04/05/2023

03/06/2023
Imaginario Art Gallery · Paraguay 423 · CABA · Argentina
Collective, National
The exhibition is part of a collaborative network program with other galleries initiated by Imaginario. Invited Gallery: Artística Espacio de Arte, Asunción, Paraguay, directed by Laura Gonzales Rivas.

The exhibition was inaugurated in Imaginario, presented by the Paraguayan gallery Artística, thanks to an agreement between its directors Laura Gonzales Rivas and Laura Garimberti.

The exhibition brings together expressions of urban, indigenous, and popular art, starting with a core created by a central installation composed of two woven hammocks, one made from the traditional caraguatá material and the other from recycled plastic fibers by the contemporary artist Marcos Benítez.

Conceptually, the exhibition is supported by a text by Ticio Escobar, which states that every weave implies a framework where different threads and signs intersect; only the shadow it casts allows us to glimpse the woven unity beyond material differences and symbolic confrontations (of the crossroads).

The mediating nature of the hammock gently sways each piece exhibited between two opposing ends and subtly shakes the space. It turns it into a marked place of conflicts and convergences, confronting the organic and the plastic, the natural and the processed.

In addition to the installation and artworks by Marcos Benítez, the exhibition includes caraguatá tapestries by Esperanza Gómez and Jorgelina Ruiz, ceramics by Julia Isidrez, paintings by Osvaldo Pitoe and Ogwa, ballpoint pen drawings by Rafael Flores, Estela Geliuz, and Juan Crespo, engravings by Carlo Spatuzza, and wood carvings by Néstor Portillo.

The exhibition was displayed as part of the celebrations for Paraguayan independence.

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