Cecilia García Ruffini
I was born in Salta, Argentina, 1966; I studied architecture in Buenos Aires and continued studying in Barcelona where I lived from 1996 until 2005.
I have exhibited in Salta, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Asuncion, Paraguay
I now live in Salta.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
I choose one action that referred to the project No Places and all its production process. It was a very simple action and consisted of a turn to the main square of Salta city with a mirror. The mirror reflects the green of the square in a changeable and unpredictable way while the image is always cut in the same manner provided from the architecture.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
I tend to break down, to arise questions and to suggest. My work makes sense when going through a whole series, on reference to what I created previously and intuiting the following works. This is sometimes not possible to do so I wonder if this path is actually possible for each work. Sometimes the answer is yes. I work with the reconstruction of a place; this is a thread that joins different projects. From that subjective place, the context, and from there, other questions are set up. I want the viewer to get into what I am trying to say, to cover related worlds; I know it's a pretentious claim.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
I recognize myself into the “neo-conceptual” tradition, although the attitude of all the historical avant-garde movements (visual arts, music and architecture) inspire me a lot. The artists can be divided among “the fundamentals” who changed the world for its intelligence and sensitivity as Duchamp and Beuys and thousands of others. I like and have been nurtured from artists such Ernesto Ballesteros, Pablo Siquier, Joan Fontcoberta, Valldosera Eulalia, Sophie Calle, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Janet Cardiff ...
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
Hm, I was in Barcelona in those years and then moved to Salta where an exhibition doesn’t have those dimensions. Inspite, a work that shocked me a lot was a performance done by Guido Yannitto on a river of Salta; he modified it by moving stones from one side to the other, registration is on video. That gesture seems to me terribly powerful and yet intimately philosophical.