With their feet anchored in the North and their hearts gazing to the South, Pablo Gershanik and Luis Carlos Tovar gather in Paris to exchange on what it is to be Latino American in Europe and what it means to have lived internal exile. The two artists have left their birth territories and share a reflection about discontinuous geographies as a symbolic construction.
Pablo Gershanik (Argentina-Mexico-Toulouse) and Luis Carlos Tovar (Colombia-Châtillon) have tried to develop in their artistic practice a collective reflection, which has allowed them to decentralize their creative practice. Memory, reconstruction of stories and creation of otherness have been the transversal topics of their artistic and conceptual explorations. They are particularly interested in how personal memories shape collective memory, to formulate a revision of established memory. They also work on exile and migration using multidisciplinary approaches such as theater, performance, expanded photography, installation and artists books.
For this upcoming INSPIRE seminar, they will share some ideas about how intimate can become a political gesture and how art and artistic practice can be an act of memory through two projects: Luis Carlos's photobook Jardin de mi Padre (My Father's Garden) and Pablo's intimate model Ochenta Balas sobre el Ala (Eighty Bullets to the Wing).
The INSPIRE seminar series is a monthly online space where we explore arts-based methods, collaborative methods, ethics of doing research with artists, art as transformation and engaged scholarship - all in the context of violent conflict and war - with invited researchers and artists. The seminars are open to all interested in these topics.
To read more about the INSPIRE research project, visit the INSPIRE website.