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Mariana Telleria Against the Interpretative Vice

Florencia Battiti

Art Style | Art & Culture International Magazine


With her project El nombre de un país (“The Name of a Country”), artist Mariana Telleria was elected, via an open call process, to represent Argentina at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, accompanied by curator, art historian and educator Florencia Battiti. For the first time ever, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, through the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, effected a public and open call of distinct federal nature, receiving 68 proposals of Argentine artists from different parts of the Country. El nombre de un país abridges each and every sediment pertaining to Mariana Telleria’s conceptual and operational world. Composed of seven monumental sculptures that act up as a punk, Frankenstein-esque bestiary, this project presents itself as a support for an intuitive transformation of things; as an archive of desacralized meanings where religious iconography, rubbish, fashion, spectacle and nature share the same horizontal hierarchy.

"With these sculptures I am interested in taking off from the form itself of every object that orbits around these big structures; what I’m trying to point out is that the only natural thing’s actually the chaotic coexistence between living and inert objects, between culture and nature, between order and destruction. Each thing has its own soul, its formal imprint and its material history. There is tragedy in everything but in everything there is also life," says the artist. In words of the curator, “when Telleria’s artworks set up a network between things and their imaginary worlds, she’s actually proposing unforeseen connections between the multiple signifiers of our culture (the sacred, the domestic, the urban, the natural), lightning up, by friction or by mere contact, new gleams of meaning.”

Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine is an open-access, biannual, and peer-reviewed online magazine that aims to bundle cultural diversity. All values of cultures are shown in their varieties of art. Beyond the importance of the medium, form, and context in which art takes its characteristics, art is considered the significance of socio-cultural, historical, and market influence.
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