In our monthly collaboration with Graffitimundo we showcase Buenos Aires’ street art and explore the city’s diverse and colourful murals. This month: artist Georgina Ciotti’s Alquimia.
This month’s featured mural graces the wall of Galeria UNION in Palermo Hollywood. As part of her first ever solo show, street artist and Oscar winner Georgina Ciotti painted a mural for the opening of ‘Alquimia’, a new exhibition which opened last Friday. In Alquimia, the artist contemplates the dichotomy of human nature and animal instinct in a striking collection of original artworks, one of which is replicated in the mural. Two intensely feminine figures prowl towards a cascade of gold leaf, presided over by a number of blue saí, birds native to Misiones, a place of influence for the works.
By definition, alchemy is a process “concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold.” Here, it is taken as the central concept which brings together diverse instances of co-existence and conversion – animal and human, plane and volume, balance and instability, the earthly and the divine – which are explored through the lenses of neuroscience, spirituality and memory. Alchemy becomes a metaphor for a transformative process. Raw materials change into art through the creative act. How the work presented changes in the eyes of each individual viewer. Coal changes into gold.
In a palette of bold cobalt and the symbolism of delicate gold leaf, whic floats over the coal-tinged black background. With this collection the artist continues with her investigations into apparent symmetries, blending them with characters that shift between the figurative and the amorphous.
This article was produced in collaboration with Graffitimundo, a non-profit organisation which celebrates graffiti and street art in Buenos Aires and supports local artists. For more information on the artists, exhibitions, and Buenos Aires street art tours, visit their website or facebook page.
All images courtesy of Graffitimundo.