Ariadna Pastorini (Montevideo, 1965) was part of the artists that formed the 1990s artistic scene in Buenos Aires, when Jorge Gumier Maier created the gallery of the C. C. Rojas. There, a group of artists emerged, with an aesthetics that was closed to the kitsch movement, a likeness for ornamentation and experimentation using different materials. Pastorini has worked, since then, using sewed fabrics.
Such line is now in an opening point, which becomes evident when seeing several areas of the fashion design as it gets near to the sculpture field and objectual art. These are manifestations of what might be called as “Soft art”, producing images where the organic prevails, establishing a dialogue with the viewer that is a kind of ‘warm’ communication.
- From the text by Laura Batkis, for Lápiz magazine, #225, 2006.
1996. “Experiencias 1996” Visual Arts Award.
1997. Kuitca fellowship
2000. Art residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canadá (by Fundación Antorchas).
Souvenirs - Paris, Berlin, Wien and DDR (2006)
Pastorini has always been fascinated with the nostalgics of yesterday's events, and this is verified by the materials she has been choosing as time went by. In this exhibition, the superposition of sewed fabrics is unified by means of the handkerchiefs, an element that repeats itself in every work. While travelling through Europe, I gathered 1960s handkerchiefs with patterns of maps, cities or monuments. These are the souvenirs that tourists buy as a document or record of the places they have visited. Thus, the artist creates the Souvenirs Pastorini with the fragments of those fabrics she went on finding as she travelled. With an ironic attitude, and also nostalgic, she reveals the habit of gathering things to prevent oblivion; things that, eventually, end up getting as older (probably more) than the ephemeral intensity of a simple recollection.
- From the text by Laura Batkis, for Lápiz magazine 225, 2006