Viewpoint on Art: As a product of contemporary times, my work reflects on the ways consumption goes through our own bodies. I do this by playing with advertising aesthetics and mass media.
Hersilia Alvarez

Hersilia Alvarez was born on April 2, 1976, in Pinto, Santiago del Estero, Argentina. She has been living and working in Rosario since 1994. She graduated from the U.N.R. University with a Licentiate Degree in Journalism and Social Communication (her Thesis was about Graciela Sacco's work.) She also has an Associate's Degree in Photography from the Photography School of the Instituto Superior de Educación Técnica N.º 18 (ISET XVIII) and a Postgraduate Degree in Mass Media and Electronic Imaging. She studied Fine Arts at the U.N.R. University for 3 years. Over the past 10 years, she has taken several courses, workshops and seminars given by renowned artists and photographers such as Norberto Puzzolo, Juan Travnik, Diego Mujica Ortiz, Andrés Labaké and Eduardo Gil. . She is currently doing research into Photography and Human Body within the framework of a U.N.R. University project called “Estéticas Fotográficas Latinoaméricanas” (Latin-American Photographic Aesthetics). She is the founder and Director of the Escuela Rosarina de Fotografía (E.R.F.), an experimental and non-academic learning organization that teaches Contemporary Photography. She is also the coordinator of several Photography Aesthetics Workshops at the E.R.F. Since 2006, as Director of the Rojo Carme Sí Arte Contemporáneo productions, Hersilia has been organizing art exhibitions for different well-known and emerging artists. She writes articles for several art and cultural magazines such as Ciudad Tónica, Ramona and Tropofonía.

Awards

Salón Nacional de las Artes Visuales 2005 (2005 National Visual Arts Salon) – Honorific Mention – Photography – Palais de Glace – Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación (Argentine Secretariat of Culture) – 2005. Premio Jóvenes Destacados (Prominent Youth Award) – Secretaría de Cultura de Santiago de Estero (Secretariat of Culture, Santiago del Estero) – 2006. Beca de Estímulo para Jóvenes Artistas Visuales 2007 (2007 Incentive Scholarship for Young Visual Artists) – Fundación Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe – 2007. Festival Arte Erótico 2010 (2010 Erotic Art Festival) – First Prize – Nes Galería/Te Mataré Ramírez – Te Mataré Ramírez – C.A.B.A., Arg.
Some of her works became part of the heritage of the Museo de Bellas Artes Gomez Cornet de Santiago del Estero, Argentina, and the Museo de Bellas de Bellas Artes de Santiago de Chile, Chile, on 2006 and 2008, respectively.
 

Solo Exhibitions

2005: September - "Putas" (Whores) – Berlin - Rosario, Argentina.
2006: July – "Putas" – Los Cabezones – Santiago del Estero, Arg. August – "Putas" – Plaza de Almas - Tucumán, Arg. September – "Hersilia Alvarez/Fotografía 2006" (Hersilia Alavarez/2006 Photographs) – Centro de Arquitectura y Diseño – Rosario, Arg. November – "Putas, Instalación Fotográfica" (Whores, Photographic Installation) – Galería Transarte/Espacio Giesso – C.A.B.A., Arg.
2007: August – "Consumo Japonés" (Japanese Consumption) – Galería Transarte/Espacio Giesso – C.A.B.A., Arg. November – "Consumo Japonés" – Centro Cultural Ross – Congreso Internacional de Semiótica – Rosario, Arg.
2009: November – “Genéticamente Contaminados” (Genetically Contaminated) – Cultura Pasajera – Ribuar Galería de Arte – Rosario, Arg. December – “Rosario de Juguete & la Ciudad” (Toylike Rosario & the City) – Tercer Mundo – Rosario, Arg.
2010: September – “Expresionismo Abstracto” (Abstract Expressionism) – Hotel Racó de Buenos Aires – C.A.B.A, Arg.

 

Group Exhibitions

2001: September – “UNR LIQUIDA” Instalación e Intervención en Rosario en Defensa de la Educación Pública (UNR ON SALE, art installation and intervention in defense of free public education) – Rosario, Arg.
2004: September – “Fotografías” (Photographs) – Sede de Gobierno de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario – Rosario, Arg. November – “Fotógrafos Rosarinos” (Photographers from Rosario) – Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española (International Congress of the Spanish Language) – Centro Cultural Lavardén – Rosario, Arg.
2005: August – "Salón Regional Osde 2005” – Museo Castagnino – Rosario, Arg. November – “Colectiva de Fotos 2005” (2005 Group Photo-Exhibition) – Centro de Expresiones Contemporáneas – Rosario, Arg. September – Salón Nacional Artes Visuales 2005 (2005 National Visual Arts Salon) – Palais de Glace – C.A.B.A., Arg.
2006: September – “1er Supermercado de Arte” (First Art Supermarket) – Espacio de Arte Cordón Plateado – Rosario, Arg. November – “Colectiva de Fotos 2006” (2006 Group Photo-Exhibition) – Centro de Expresiones Contemporáneas – Rosario, Arg. December – “Descubrí los Artista en la Trastienda de Stein” (Discover Stain's Back Room Artists) – Galería Stein – Rosario, Arg.
2007: March – Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Biennial of the End of the World) – Ushuaia, Arg. July – Salón Nacional Artes Visuales 2007 (2007 National Visual Arts Salon) – Palais de Glace – C.A.B.A., Arg. September – "¿En qué piensan las mujeres?” (What do women think about?) – TransArte – C.A.B.A., Arg. November – "Salón de Belleza" (Beauty Salon) – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rosario – Arg. "Pequeñas Historias de la Escuela Rosarina de Fotografía" (Little Stories from the Escuela Rosarina de Fotografía) – C Cultural Ross – Rosario, Arg. December – "Eróticas" – La Casa del Mirador – Rosario, Arg.
2008: May – “Modos de Ver” (Ways of Seeing) – Museo Fernando Paillet – C.A.B.A., Arg. July – "Un paisaje sin paisaje" (A Landscape without a Landscape) – Casa de la Cultura – Fondo Nacional de las Artes – C.A.B.A., Arg. September – "Bienal de Arte 2008" (2008 Biennial of Art) – Fotografía (Photography) – Consejo Federal de Inversiones – C.A.B.A, Arg. "En Caja Dura" (In Hard Box) – Caja Negra Artes Visuales – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes/Museo Sin Muros – Santiago de Chile, Chile. “Ficciones” (Fictions) – Fotografía Contemporánea (Contemporary Photography) – Hype Art Music – Rosario, Arg. December – “Gallery Nights” – Jardín Luminoso – C.A.B.A., Arg. "El espesor de la luz" (The Thickness of Light) – Hype Art – Rosario, Arg.
2008: Bienal Internacional de Performance Deformes II (Second International Biennial of Performance Deformes 2008) – Cuerpos Celestiales (entre cosas y seres) (Heavenly Bodies [between things and beings]) – Museo de Bellas Artes – Biblioteca Nacional de Chile – Santiago de Chile, Chile
2009: July – BECAS Fundación Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario – Rosario, Arg. August – Obras Recientes (Recent Works) – Galería Stein – Rosario, Arg. “Cuerpo y Castigo”. Ni con el Pétalo de una Rosa (Body and Punishment. Not Even with the Petal of a Rose) – Casa Ensamble (Galería de Arte) – Bogotá, Colombia. September – “Esa no soy yo” (That's not Me) – Galería Dacil Art – C.A.B.A., Arg. “Cuerpo y Castigo”. Ni con el Pétalo de una Rosa (Body and Punishment. Not Even with the Petal of a Rose) – Casa Ensamble – Bogotá, Colombia. October – Planta Carne en Expotrastiendas 2009 (Flesh Plant at 2009 Expotrastiendas) – C.A.B.A., Arg. December – “Micromundos” (Microworlds) – Espacio Subcielo – Rosario, Arg.
2010: March – “Basta la Palabra”. Ni con el Pétalo de una Rosa (Words are Enough. Not Even with the Petal of a Rose) – Casa Ensamble – Bogotá, Colombia. July – Caja Negra Artes Visuales en Galeria Wschodnia – Lodz, Poland. “Convivencia Urbana” (Urban Coexistence) – Los Jardines de Hildegarda – Rosario, Arg. August – “Armando un Cuerpo” (Assembling a Body) – ecunhi – C.A.B.A., Arg. Festival de Arte Erótico (Erotic Art Festival) – Te Mataré Ramírez – C.A.B.A., Arg. September – “Divino Tesoro” (Divine Treasure) – Casa Globo – Solange Guez Galería – C.A.B.A., Arg. October – Trastienda (Back Room) – Galería Lagos 55 Bis – Rosario, Arg.

 

Publications
Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales 2005 (2005 National Visual Arts Salon) – Palais de Glace – Secretaría de Cultura de la Presidencia de la Nación (Secretariat of Culture of the Presidency of the Nation) – 2005
Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales 2007 (2007 National Visual Arts Salon) – Palais de Glace – Secretaría de Cultura de la Presidencia de la Nación (Secretariat of Culture of the Presidency of the Nation) – 2007
Un Paisaje sin Paisaje (A Landscape without a Landscape) – Fondo Nacional de la Artes – 2008
Bienal Premio Federal 08 (2008 Biennial Federal Award) – Consejo Federal de Inversiones – 2008
Micromundos (Microworlds) – Escuela Rosarina de Fotografía – 2009