© 1995-2020_Cecilia Mandrile
The Perfume of Absence / El Perfume de la Ausencia
Córdoba, Museo Genaro Pérez, 2013
Bilingual: Spanish / English
A Life in Translation / Una vida en traducción © Gill Saunders
A Few Notes on the Shape of her Skin / Algunos apuntes sobre la forma de su piel © Federico Falco
New Heaven /Nuevo cielo © Elvis Fuentes & Yuneikys Villalonga
Epilogue/ Epílogo © Ibrahim Nasrallah
The Perfume of Absence/ El Perfume de la Ausencia, an accompanying publication to the homonymous retrospective exhibition (1995-2013), means the outcome of theoretical and creative research that explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by prolonged periods of displacement and migrancy. As the artist journeyed across Argentina, the United States, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, England, Croatia, Estonia, Belgium and Jordan, she systematically documented her evolving experience of displacement through the continual production and exhibition of small, fragmented, printed art works and artefacts, notably small dolls, created in different places using a laptop, digital printer and found objects, a portable studio.
The whole body of work presented here wanders around in a suitcase. The publication that follows this traveling project includes an introduction from Gill Saunders, Senior Print Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; essays from Argentinean writer Federico Falco; Elvis Fuentes, Associate Curator, El Museo del Barrio, New York City and Yuneikis Villalonga, curator at CUNY Lehman College Gallery, as well as an epilogue by Ibrahim Nasrallah, Palestinian – Jordanian poet and novelist. The contributing writers represent important referents of the critical approach of the visual arts landscape in what have meant the artist ‘homes’ during the last decades: Córdoba, Argentina; London, England; Amman, Jordan and New York City.