Radio Tenthaus 92 : Alejandra Aguilar Caballero
22/03/2022 20:00 – 23:00
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We are delighted to have Alejandra Aguilar Caballero over for Radio Tenthaus, to talk about her recent Tenthaus P1 residency. During her residency in P1 – mobile studio in Lier in February 2022, she continued exploring time, identity, personal and collective memory, and narrative through a graphic approach involving the students at Gullaug Skole.
Alejandra works with the idea of “Containers of Time” a mechanism to preserve memories. The containers are paper houses: a series of two-dimensional reduction woodcuts that I cut, fold and arrange with additional prints and collages into three-dimensional graphic objects. Reproduction with color variation makes each container a unique transitional home, a place where my childhood stories can inhabit and develop.
These “Containers of Time” are a fundamental part of her graphic installation “You Set the Scene”, where she illuminates the houses from the inside and suspends them from the ceiling in a dark setting. The glowing paper houses create a dramatic and atmospheric experience that is completed with projections and soundscapes. The installation invites the viewers into places and events from my early life and upbringing in Mexico, opening at the same time a safe space to project their own stories.
Alejandra’s works are influenced by a strong drive to redefine the narratives that constitute our reality. She aims to generate fictions full of hope and empowerment that are at the same time so fantastic and other-worldly they seem out of reach, yet through their materiality, they become an intimate and magical presence.
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Alejandra Aguilar Caballero is a Mexican visual artist currently based in Oslo, Norway. In her practice, she moves playfully between drawing, traditional printmaking, installation, artist publications, and graphic narrative/comics.
Alejandra holds a Bachelor degree (Honors) in Visual Arts from Facultad de Artes y Diseño of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2010-2014). She recently graduated from the MFA in Medium and Material Based Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2019-2021) specializing in Printmaking & Drawing. She obtained the Scholarship for International Postgraduate Studies FONCA-CONACYT in 2019. She has participated in multiple collective exhibitions in Mexico, Norway, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Bulgaria and has presented her work in various solo exhibitions in Mexico and Norway. She has also been selected in national and international printmaking competitions and biennials.