Rolf Art is pleased to announce the opening of Dalila Puzzovio’s solo show, While some build others destroy, curated by Raúl Flores, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 beginning at 7 pm, on Esmeralda 1353, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The opening will feature a performance action in the public space. The exhibition, admission free, can be visited through Monday to Friday from 11 am to 8 pm until November 29, 2019.
While some build others destroy, proposes a re-reading of the homonymous performance act, conceived by Dalila Puzzovio, PopArt key figure, for Claudia magazine, during the extension of Av. 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires, in 1979. The performance stagesthe marriage of a couple accompanied by their witnesses and courtship, surrounded by a scenery of pomp, feast and presents,contrasted by a city in ruins, which is the ironic scene of the action. The artist finds in the editorial medium a space of expression which she explores between the years 1978 and 2004, where she writes, produces and illustrates articles for various media: Claudiamagazine in the Practiclaudia section; Life & Fitness (commercial chronicler); Vogue Argentina in the fashion section; the Magazineof the Publicist, in the cosmetics; and Cuisine & Vins, in the section dedicated to art and artists of her time, etc.
Through a compilation and rescue process of archival material, that includes the performance documentation, its registration (ne-gatives copied for the first time), recovered backstage images, the original Claudia magazine —edition August #266, 1979— andthe artists testimony; is how the gesture of the action is reactivated and a discourse revisited, so pertinent to the actual context in which we live.
This ephemeral body of work – due to its performance and editorial nature – manifests the cleverness and versatility of Puzzovio,who has explored through several edges of the artistic practice: such as performance and happenings, micro-events, fashion,design, artistic direction and production, media art, costumes, publishing, plastic arts and writing, among others; languages that she managed to combine masterfully, blurring their limits and showing a free and bold vision, irreverent, which is the essence of her artistic work and the effervescence of an era. This plasticity and experiences were in the words of the artist, “key moments of transformation.”
The exhibition proposal allows us to understand from a new perspective, the ideas, the diverse repertoire and the contributions Argentine avant-garde practices have bequeathed us, in the hand of one of the major Pop Art exponents. Those expressions thatconformed the 60s and 70s vanguard, were not considered within the canons of representation typical of contemporaneity, butinstead were conceived from an unprejudiced and spontaneous gesture which core was experimentation; and that we can today, with due distance, understand as a way of life (art/life) different from artistic-intellectual speculation; where playfulness, irreverenceand the futuristic worldview (characteristic of the time) reigned as a subterfuge to war, dictatorship, and the difficulties of daily life.In the words of the curator, “Because, if we think about it, all, absolutely all battles are won with bread, love and fantasy.”