The Desert Inside comprises a series of ‘Solo’ exhibitions in isolated locations. From Wadi Rum, Jordan, to Purmamarca, Argentina, carrying solitary games and toys, Mandrile adopts the vast desert as a playground. The journey becomes a subject of dialogue with fellow artists, writers and curators, as a reflection of the lonely experience in a transient condition, as artists and audience, as protagonists and witnesses.
Rooted in the awareness of the sense of ‘incompleteness’ experienced by displaced subjects, the project documents the constant flux of the ‘inkless’ imprint of ludic artifacts in moving backgrounds. The Artist Books’ tryptic: Solitaire, OneOther & Latitude means graphic evidence unveiling new aesthetics of displacement, aesthetics that search for a translation of the migrant’s wound.
Cecilia Mandrile (Argentina, 1969) is a visual artist whose print-based practice explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by displacement. She has exhibited in prestigious international venues such as El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; WPA Corcoran, Washington DC; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Emilio Caraffa Museum and Genaro Perez Museum, Córdoba, Argentina. Mandrile has been a resident fellow artist at international programs such as Gasworks Studios, London; Makan-Bait, Amman, Jordan, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia and Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Her work is included in private and public collections around the world; among them, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California and the City Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary. Mandrile holds a PhD from the University of the West of England, an MFA from the University of Maryland and a BFA from the National University of Córdoba.
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