How many different things can a piece of modern art be? How many layers of meaning can unfold from its deepest structure? The series Submerged Memories (1996-2006), which illustrates the impossibility of forgetting or of remembering, the saturation of information, and the interest in unveiling contradictions in their many manifestations; her aim is to question language, forms of communication, sense and logic...represent a game of semantic opposites which overlap and are erased as they are in a palimpsest, until it comes to an end with a reference which is reminiscent of Malevich: white on white. From obsession to nothingness, to forgetting, this piece is alternatively an active performance, a video poem, an epistolary record, a conceptual piece, a painting, a drawing in time.
Fragment by Graciela Taquini
“(…) In the works of Patricia Bentancur exists a first techno-tribal operation that evens out the objects by coating them with an homogeneous substance, divesting them of their aesthetic attributes along with their original meanings. But, there is a second operation that photographically re-iconizes them, rendering them fetishes, in accordance with an aesthetic that, although in itself also levelling, confronts the act of physical immersion of the real object with the “purification” of its de-materialized image into virtual space. The resulting image is a amnesic fossil (...)”
“(…) The key to Bentancur’s work is in the double gesture applied to the object-symbol, that is to say in the operative sequence of a physical immersion that reverts into the ascent to a virtual space through the photographic act. The essential act is the first one, the immersion in a liquid, sticky, thick medium that then requires a while to set. Within the act of the immersion (considered as a material swallowing gesture and at the same time one of re-discovery) lies the archaeological metaphor of this work, and the baptismal metaphor too (…)”
Fragment by Gabriel Peluffo Linari
Artist Bio / CV
Patricia Bentancur is an artist and curator.
Lives and works in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Exhibitions: Bienal Internacional de Mercosur / The Video Art Foundation Barcelona - Londres / Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia / MAMBA - Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile / Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Uruguay / Memorial de América Latina, San Pablo , Brasil / Museo del Chiopo, Méjico / Bienal de Nuevos Medios de Santiago de Chile / Bienal y Coloquio de Arte Digital de la Habana / Bienal de Artes Electrónicas de Rosario, Argentina / Bienal de Belfort, Francia - Interferences / Festival Internacional D’Arts Multimedia Urbains / Bienal Iberoamericana de Méjico / Bienal de Arte de la Habana, Cuba. Marte-up market, Montevideo,Uruguay / “Expo Trastiendas”, Bs As, Argentina / Arte BA, Bs As, Argentina / “Soberbia y pasion” Subte Municipal de Exposiciones, Montevideo, Uruguay / fac (contemporary art foundation), Montevideo, Uruguay / “Montevideo en Zaragoza”, Centro de Historia, Zaragoza, España / “Instant Video”, Marsella, Francia / “1000 metros cúbicos” Centro MEC, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Montevideo, Uruguay / Atrio de la Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo, Uruguay / III Bienal de Jafre / Bienal Internacional de Chile 2007 / Resplandores, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires 2007/ Goethe Institut, Montevideo / Masamerica, Caixa Forum, Barcelona 2008 / Caixa Forum Madrid 2008/ Borde-Sur, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Montevideo, MACRO Rosario y Madrid / Rostrum Gallery, Malmo, Suecia 2009/ Museos en la Noche, Subte Municipal / Syracuse University 2010/ LOOP Art Fair Barcelona / Ikonoklash Portugal 2010