Paraguay: Y-Paraguay

Imago Mundi

Contemporary Artists from Paraguay

The invitation received by the curator Félix Toranzos to take part in the project Y-Paraguay for Imago Mundi, the collection of artworks commissioned by Luciano Benetton, has filled me with great satisfaction and thanks to this proposal, Paraguayan artists, once again, were able to get in touch with the beautiful, distant Italy that is, today, paradoxically so near.

Lendi Peña - All the waters within you (2016)

The 141 works of the participants, thanks to the catalog, will show the country and the world projections of the Paraguayans’ way of being and behaving (teko) through the landscapes, geography, history and culture of Paraguay that from its Mediterranean character has learned to address the problems caused by this condition.

Ruth Celeste Estigarribia - Soportar (2016)

Alicia Perito - The waters flow turbid (2016)

From the colonial era, the Italian culture has left indelible traces and influences in these lands from the period in which the Franciscans and Jesuits, Spanish and Italian, were in charged of the evangelization of the Aborigines, to Catholicism.
The natives learned in workshops music, drawing and wood painting, thereby laying the foundations for the development of Baroque-Guaraní art.

Osvaldo Salerno - The glow of Lina Kim (2016)

During the governments of Carlos Antonio and his son Francisco Solano López, Paraguay became the most prosperous and progressive country in the region and at that time Italian architects arrived to build the emblematic buildings that, even today, are architectural treasures in the historic center of Asunción.

Gabriela Zuccolillo - Past, present and future (2016)

Monica Gonzalez - “Water nests” from the Acuífero Guarani fòsil series (2016)

Between the late 19th century and early 20th century cultural exchanges began between Paraguay, Spain and Italy, plastic artists came with scholarships for the study of art, and were the first teachers of the School of Fine Arts of Asunción, who left profound influences of the Italian plastics trends.

Claudia Casarino - Untitled (2016)

In our country, Italian immigration helped form much of our identity, not only with its surnames, but also with its habits, cuisine and religiousness.
Today, contemporary Paraguayan artists addressing the theme of “Y” (water) with the 10x12 cm canvasses for the Imago Mundi project, show their stories and experiences with different techniques and aesthetics.

Laura Mandelik - Plastic (2016)

Our country, located in the center of the South American continent with an area of 406,752 km2, which in the period of Spanish rule was called the Giant Province of Las Indias, was touched by the
Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, but under the San Ildefonso Treaty (16th century), signed between the Portuguese and the Spanish crown, it lost its access to the sea.

Ofelia Fisman - The raindrop (2017)

Carlo Spatuzza - Drought (2016)

In the Cultural Center Carlos Colombino Manzana de la Rivera, they keep the ancient geographical map of Paraguay known as the map of Félix de Azara (1742-1821), mediator for the Spanish crown on the occasion of the aforementioned treaty, which served as a fulcrum for the artist Félix Toranzos and as a starting point to address his speech on the issue of water in Paraguay

Adriana Gonzalez Brun - Reserve year 2070 (2016)

The Paraguay and Paraná rivers, as they are major means of communication and transport, were essential for agricultural production and for the raising of livestock, contributing to the development of trade through the Cuenca del Plata.

Javier Guggiari - Water/Life (2016)

Adelaida Colmán - We still have an option (2016)

The aborigines, being hunters and gatherers, were the true custodians of the natural environment and those living near rivers and streams did so by fishing bream, pacú, mandí and surubì (local names for different types of fish) that still represent our fishing wealth.

Ricardo Migliorisi - The night swimmer (2016)

Julia Isidrez - Pilcomayo river (2016)

The Paraguayan farmer has always had to contend with heavy rainfall or drought, so that the success or failure of crops depends directly on climate change.
Along the Paraná river two major hydroelectric power stations were built: the Itaipú on the border with Brazil and the Yacyreta on the border with Argentina, turning Paraguay into the main electricity supplier in the region.

Michael Burt - Water (2016)

Sebastián Díaz - Water and mud (2016)

In the Paraguayan territory you can find the Guaraní Aquifer, one of the most important fresh water reserves in the world.
In the first part of 2016 the country was hit by abundant rainfall as a result of the phenomenon known as El Niño, forcing many people who lived along the banks of rivers and streams to move to higher ground. In the second half of the same year the drought has come up with the phenomenon called La Niña.

Beatriz Colombo - Hidden waters (2016)

Tana Schembori - Water, I weep you, as long as you exist there will be life (2016)

These phenomena relevant to water have been re-created and conceptualized by artists selected by the curator and represented on small canvases 10x12 cm.
Thanks to the imaginative and creative universe of the artists and their relationship with the theme of water, the experiences of the authors have been represented in the works, creating a visual mosaic of the Paraguayan reality and revealing, also, through art, the critical sense relative to the social, political and cultural aspects of our country by placing them on this international contemporary art platform.

Assistant curator

Bernardo Krasniansky - Asunción, the bay 1966 (2016)

Credits: Story

Art Direction, Photography and Production
Félix Toranzos
Barbara Liverotti
Giorgia De Luca
Editorial Coordination
Enrico Bossan
Luciano Benetton
Ticio Escobar
María Eugenia Ruíz
Félix Toranzos
Editing and Translation
Carlo Antonio Biscotto
Emma Cole
Valentina Granzotto
Chiara Longhi
Camilla Mozzato
Pietro Valdatta
Art Direction
Daniele Tonon
Marco Zanin (artworks)
Marco Pavan
Ysanne Gayet - Y (Water), 2016

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