By Silvia Rivas, 2015
Igual el paraíso es nuestro (Still, Paradise Is Ours) is an installation interrupted by planks that recalls an uncertain landscape of remains, a precarious habitat… a geometry that alludes to a vast, yet defined context. There, on a shelf in the background, we find paradise.
It is a small paradise constructed of stones, carefully selected pieces of debris, plants in delicate pots, small video screens showing crystal blue water (the way it ought to be), and a small fan which provides the necessary breeze.
Although surrounded by or near a natural paradise, it remains fenced off and inaccessible, therefore appearing to only exist in this representation.
In this opportunity this pieces of work are shown in dialog with some historic pieces, showing the presence of landscape as a reflexion, as unreable context, where the feeling of absence is present throughout Riva’s body of work.
Rivas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1957, where she graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 2001 she was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as an Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2005. Rivas has exhibited her work at the Bronx Museum, New York; El Centro Cultural Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Malba Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires,and Fundación Proa; as well as numerous other museums and biennials around the world.