Curator: Mirta Kupferminc
Curatorial assistance: Ariela Mirelman
Participating Artists: Adriana Babor | Carla Beretta | Silvana Blasbalg | Sandra Ciccioli | Gabriela Esterovich | Maria | Ester Foggia | Mirta Gendin | Cecilia Glazman | Analia Hahn | Silvia Holzkan | Karina Kipershmit | Arturo Mercado Gurrola | Mariela Monferrer | Monica Nejamen | Noemi Schneck | Sara Slipchinsky | Judith Waldmann | Ana Zlatkes
Confrontation-Conversation invites us to explore and experience the complexity of the era we are living in. The participating artists were challenged to create works that articulate a confrontation or dispute, not only in the images used in their works, but also to experience the confrontation itself during the artistic process. The exhibition offers a confrontation of identities: much like musicians in an orchestra, the artists provide their own individual component, which stands alone but becomes greater as it combines with the other components, making a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The initial step for the project was a group study of the verse in the Mishnah: “Every dispute that is for the sake of Heaven, will in the end endure; But one that is not for the sake of Heaven, will not endure. Which is the controversy that is for the sake of Heaven? Such was the controversy of Hillel and Shammai. And which is the controversy that is not for the sake of Heaven? Such was the controversy of Korah and all his congregation” (Ethics of the Fathers 5:17). This presentation resembles a page of the Talmud, where commentaries are placed surrounding the central text. No single commentary is more valuable, and no participant in the conversation remains anonymous. Confrontation-Conversation proposes to rethink the dynamic relationship among people, traversing the pitfalls that can result from both individuality and diversity. The exhibition does not seek to harmonize or equalize, but to invent a platform for encounters composed of different and even opposing proposals. Every suggestion made by an artist is visible, but the presentation is not only a sum of its parts: it is an integrated whole. The artists clearly show the mechanisms through which their discussion itself developed, not only the topics included.
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