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Guadalupe Martinez

May 16, 2013

Guadalupe Martinez is an Argentine artist based in Canada since 2008. She attended the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for LIVE Biennale since 2011. She has attended residencies at Hammock Residency, The Banff Centre for the Arts, The STAG, Elsewhere Collective, and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown in Argentina, Mexico, the US, and Canada. She is currently part of a collaborative project exhibiting at grunt gallery in Vancouver and developing work for upcoming projects to be shown in Venice and Chicago.

1. Embodiment

"WTF is Geopolitics without the body?" was the response of one of my advisors during a meeting about my research at UBC. For the past four months I have been reading all sorts of literature on perception, performance art, and phenomenology. From Henri Bergson to Amelia Jones. I am in a place at the moment where I see embodiment as an experience that can successfully activate political and lyrical forms of Being and Resistance.

2. Mapping

I'm part of an exhibition at grunt gallery right now. This collaboration with Igor Santizo and Emilio Rojas focuses on mapping, historicity and archiving. Last week, we spent over 100 hours cutting maps that are part of a wall installation in the gallery. Five days after the opening I have finally stopped seeing country-shaped stains or pieces of paper on every wall or sidewalk.

3. Croatia

I am going to Croatia with a dear friend this summer. A very kind lady whose name is "snow" in Spanish is lending us a house that has a water-well inside the living room.

4. Lisandro Aristimuno

All I listen to lately is Argentine musician Lisandro Aristimuño. His songs are a beautiful fusion of folklore, alternative rock, playfulness, and poetry: "No te dejes mas vencer Al alma hay que darle de comer Un poco de azúcar del estero Un poco de risa y caramelos". It's a trip back to the dreamy realms of home every time.

5. Meditation

Meditation is a constant in my life. I have sought a spiritual practice since I was very little. I think that this is partly the reason why I ended up becoming an artist. Of course, I realized later on that being a professional artist can often be far from a spiritual experience. Today both my art practice and my meditation practice are the two worlds that help me stay sane and connected to who I am. When I say sane I don't (only) mean not going crazy, but rather acquiring the inner strength to make ethical and heartfelt choices – especially when everything inside or around you is pushing you to take a different path.



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