ELISA INSUA

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Economic studies are based on a series of basic principles: one of them states that, for any given individual, “the more, the better”. My work tries to push this axiom to the limit of excess and abundance, in order to tense it, question it or even defy it.

My pieces are about desire, opulence, ostentation and luxury. I apply the concept of the "hedonic treadmill" (the tendency of humans to return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite increases in wealth or the achievement of major goals) and the straight-forward myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Social ascent, the “American Dream”, economic inequality, endless irresponsible consumption and the effects of capitalism are also recurring themes.

Although I usually draw many elements from pop culture, I'm especially inspired by the rap and hip hop universe - with its explicit lyrics and its unapologetic loads of “bling”. Gold (as an element and as a color) is also a persisting component of my work, both in relation to the sacred and the profane. In my pieces, these two are united, confronted and intertwined. The profane is sacralized and the sacred is profaned. Enrichment and accumulation appear as religious dogmas, while gods are reduced to mere commodities. Ambition appears both as a vital drive and as a fatal sin.

Ultimately, through my pieces I seek to shed light on how money, as an abstract and powerful force, constantly and silently affects our behavior, as if it were the force of gravity.

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15/02/2019 DESATADOS - ELISA INSUA

Radio 3 EXTRA, 15th February 2019

Una artista que utiliza los desechos para crear algo diferente, algo entre lo pop y lo barroco. Creaciones que no te dejaran indiferente


15/11/2018 THE ARGENTINIAN ARTIST TRANSFORMING TRASH INTO TREASURE

BBC Culture, 15th November 2018

Argentinian artist Elisa Insua is famous for her eye-catching mosaics, crafted from the items other people throw away. But what do they say about our fast-fashioned consumerism?


23/12/2014 SHE TURNS TRASH INTO ART, BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT

Al Jazeera, 23rd December 2014

Argentinian artist Elisa Insua shows AJ+ how she addresses power, money and consumer society though her artwork using recycled materials.


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

2016 || Art critique with Ernesto Ballesteros / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 || Art critique with Daniel Joglar and Bruno Grupalli / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 || Art critique with Diego Bianchi (2014) / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 - 2014 || Art critique with Fabiana Barreda / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 || Sculpture classes with Miguel Harte / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008 - 2011 || Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

 

SOLO SHOWS

2018 || Quid Pro Quo - APPA Art Gallery / Madrid, Spain

2016 || More is More - Espacio Modos / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 || Stairway to Heaven - Plataforma “Site Specific Art” / Córdoba, Argentina

 

GROUP SHOWS

2018 || Lúdica - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Sur (MACSur) / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2018 || Omisión Ligera - Cerquone Projects / Madrid, España

2019 || Omisión Ligera - Cerquone Projects / Caracas, Venezuela

2018 || Art Battalion - White Lab (Madrid, España)

2016 || Proyecto Vergel - María Casado HG / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 || Poetic Anthology - Casa Matienzo / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 || Premio Fundación Andreani - Centro Cultural Borges / Buenos Aires

2014 || Remake - Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 || La Real - Museo de Arquitectura (MARQ) / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 || Premio Regina Pacis - Regina Pacis Escuela de Bellas Artes / Buenos Aires

2012 || Grupo Uno - Dock Creativo / Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

ART FAIRS

2018 || The Other Art Fair 2018 / London, UK

2018 || Hybrid Art Fair 2018 / Madrid, Spain

2017 || ArteBA 2017 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2016 || ArteBA 2016 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 || ArteBa 2015 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 || Arte Espacio 2014 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 || Arte Espacio 2013 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 || Puro Diseño 2013 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012 || Arte Espacio 2012 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011 || Arte Espacio 2011 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

RESIDENCIES

2016 || Art Residency at VSC (Vermont Sudio Center) / Vermont, United States

 

PRIZES

2016 || Merit-based Artist Grant at Vermont Studio Center / Vermont, United States 

2016 || Final Selection at Premio Fundación Andreani / Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 || Second Mention at Municipalidad de San Isidro Acquisition Prize / Buenos Aires

2012 || Special Mention at Escuela de Bellas Artes “Regina Pacis” Prize for Emerging Artists

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