"Acrilia": Acrylic Microworlds by Ana Rascovsky

June 22, 2023 | nadiaevangelina

"Acrilia" is the solo exhibition of Argentine architect Ana Rascovsky at the Borges Cultural Center, located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. The artist creates a world of fantasy, from the children's imaginary and the search for the future, from a hundred pieces and models made with scraps and leftovers of acrylic that re-signify the worldviews of fairy tales and the dispute between nature, man, and technology.
Ana Rascovsky
Curated by Máximo Jacoby, with music by Gonzalo Córdoba and lighting by Arturo Peruzzotti and Freddy Gotlib, "Acrilia" is a series of installations, deployed in the space on tables and walls, which form scenes connected to each other with a fable as a narrative that the viewer will explore as he or she walks through the room. A large part of the work is also the lighting.

Rascovsky configures a play space that exposes an apocalyptic vision of the world. According to the artist, the exhibition aims to show the findings discovered during the Ataraxia expedition, led by scientist Dr. Lina Schultz, in the remote caves of Kavac, located in northern Venezuela. The specimens on display in this exhibition represent the last descendants of an extinct civilization that developed in the region between 2000 and 2020: Acrilia. These specimens, of which 216 specimens from the same kingdom (Animalia) have been discovered, present an unprecedented variation in their kind.

To enter Acrilia is to enter the future and, at the same time, to return to the past; a past that is not historical but infantile, that brings us back to something of our own but forgotten. Upon entering, behind dark curtains that do not let us see inside the room, the spectator encounters characters from fables, mushrooms, enchanted forests in miniature, a circus, an amusement park, and a zoo. The material used is composed of laser-cut acrylic that forms connected scenes that tell a story.

Rascovsky also says that in her work as an architect, she is dedicated to creating real, concrete, solid worlds with structural problems and real-life impact. In her words, "In my artistic work, on the other hand, I free myself from these restrictions to create worlds that are constructed through fiction. The characters are invented or brought from other references from the world of imagination such as literature, cinema, comics, and music. Acrylic is a material that has always been present in my family history. My mother once produced acrylic key chains that I adored".

Location: Borges Cultural Center, Viamonte 525, C1053 CABA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Opening Date: 18th May 2023 
End Date: 10th August 2023
Working hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 14pm to 20 pm


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