Ulises Mazzuca will be the next artist in residence at Collegium

Arévalo, March 21, 2024. - The next artist to participate in Collegium's residency program will be Ulises Mazzucca (Argentina, 1997). Between April 1st and May 25th, the artist will undertake a research and artistic production residency in Arévalo in close collaboration with local agents and artisans. This residency has been made possible through a collaboration between Collegium and Espacio Tacuari in Buenos Aires, a project driven by collectors Juan and Patricia Vergez.

The project proposed by Ulises Mazzucca for his residency focuses on inhabiting and interrogating the spaces of the Jesuit legacy: the school, the church, and the city that houses them. San Ignacio de Loyola lived in Arévalo during his adolescence, although there is scarce information about this period of his life. As a starting point, he proposes to initiate an investigation and develop a narrative about his youth, this moment before his military career, long before the creation of his spiritual exercises.

During his residency at Collegium, Mazzucca has set out to pursue two lines of work. The first focuses on expanding a series of works involving the intervention of wooden furniture, aiming to give corporality to the drawing, his main technique. The images expand on the material of the furniture, modifying its surface through actions of intervention or subtraction.

The second line of work focuses on creating a series of drawings that will function as a kind of logbook. These drawings will be produced as a visual narrative, accompanying and documenting the artistic process and research carried out during his stay at Collegium.

About the artist:Ulises Mazzucca (Santa Fe, 1997) explores drawing in various formats, expanding to other techniques while delving into autobiography, memory, and body representation.Mazzucca began his artistic journey in his teens, specializing in Ceramics and Photography. In 2015, he pursued Fine Arts at the National University of Rosario. He also received the La Basurita FNA Scholarship, led by Claudia del Río and Carlos Herrera.In 2017, he moved to Buenos Aires and attended the Artist Program at Torcuato Di Tella University. In 2018-19, he was selected for the Boca de Fuego residency at MUNAR center. During that time, he held two solo exhibitions, one in Chile and another in Rosario City.In 2021, he presented his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires.
About Collegium:
Collegium is a center for contemporary art exhibition, education, research, and experimentation. Its operational base is located in the city of Arévalo, in Castilla y León, where it is already implementing an exhibition, educational, and activity program while preparing its physical building in the former Jesuit College of the city. The Collegium project aims to contribute to the recovery and revaluation of the cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of Arévalo and its surroundings, energizing the local cultural context while putting this city on the map of national and international contemporary art.

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