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Dr Cecilia Mandrile invited as the special international guest of the HEAA national exhibition MEGA PIXEL 2014 

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21Feb2014



Dr Cecilia Mandrile has been invited as the special international guest of the Hungarian Electrographic Art Association/ HEAA (
www.elektrografia.hu) national exhibition MEGA PIXEL 2014, 8-12 April 2014

 

As part of the exhibition  the art historian, Judit Sárosdy will give a presentation on Dr Cecilia Mandrile’s work and her recent book El Perfume de la Ausencia (The Perfume of Absence)  on Wednesday 9th April (6pm) at the ARTEN Gallery, 1052 Budapest’s, Régiposta street 5.  www.artengaleria.hu

 

The Perfume of Absence, is the outcome of theoretical and creative research (1995-2013) that explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by prolonged periods of displacement and migrancy. As the Dr Cecilia Mandrile journeyed across Argentina, the United States, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, England, Croatia, Estonia, Belgium and Jordan, she systematically documented her evolving experience of displacement through the continual production and exhibition of small, fragmented, printed art works and artefacts, notably small dolls, created in different places using a laptop, digital printer and found objects: a portable studio. These ‘wandering prints’ and portable objects allowed Mandrile to explore the relationship between these processes of displacement and their realisation in art works and also to engage in an ongoing dialogue with academics, writers and curators from different countries and cultures concerned with new approaches to print media and the visual representation of migrant experience, who responded to the work presented in each site. This successive series of works that echo forwards and backwards, build towards a larger narrative: of fragmentation and dispersal but also the tentative possibilities of an eventual re-construction of identity.

 

The bilingual publication contains a series of essays and an overview by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which explore the significance Mandrile’s mobile works as a contribution to the enhanced knowledge and understanding of the visual aspects of nomadic practices in different cultures, addressing what Julia Kristeva in Strangers to Ourselves identified as the migrants’ ‘secret wound’ and Stuart Hall as the representative postmodern experience of displacement and the fragmentation of identity in an increasingly mobile, dislocated contemporary culture.

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