Rimer Cardillo; from the Rio de la Plata to Hudson river Valley
We will have a guided tour in english of this retrospective of the Uruguayan visual artist and engraver Rimer Cardillo of extensive international experience, born in Protected content , living in the United States since Protected content .
The exhibition presents diverse groups of Cardillo's works, which include prints, drawings, photography, sculpture and installation. These works explore issues such as the loss of indigenous peoples and biodiversity in the Americas, as well as the continuing threats to the global environment.
The values that became synonymous with the protest movements of the late Protected content (liberation, freedom, openness and commitment) are ideals that continue to inform the work of the artist. Many of Cardillo's graphic and photographic works are related to his collaborations with academics and professionals in the fields of entomology and archeology. Printed series such as "Chicharras and nocturnal butterflies" or "Sublime goldsmithing" use images of insects to create dialogues between the personal and the political, the present and the past.
Cardillo creates sculptural mounds of earth or other specific materials that he calls cupí (the Guaraní word for ants) that reverberate with historical references to the architecture of large anthills, as well as Native American burial sites. The artist also stands out for his periodic explorations of the rural estancias of Uruguay and Paraguay, the Amazon interior and the Pantanal, as well as other remote regions of the South American continent. He also acquires influences from the landscape and the Hudson Valley area where he currently lives and works.
The exhibition includes Cardillo's recent explorations on the malleability of handmade papers in a wide variety of sculptural works. In facilities such as "Anacahuita", entire wall surfaces are covered with paper forms made with molds of specimens collected from plants and animals. This work expresses the social commitment of the artist with the protection of endangered species, the conservation of vulnerable environments or the preservation of indigenous cultures. Through his art, Rimer Cardillo shares with the audience his inquiries that cross borders across the Americas.
He represented Uruguay at the Venice Biennial of Protected content has done many group and individual exhibitions in the Americas, as well as in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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