The Canadian Art Database

Elvira Santamaria

Everyday life words in progress

A FADO Production, March 16 - 24, 2007

March 16: 6 am – midnight
March 17: 6 am – 10 pm
March 18: 6 am – 8 pm
March 19: 6 am – 6 pm
March 20: 7 am – 5 pm
March 21: 9 am – 5 pm
March 22: 11 am – 5 pm
March 23: 1 pm – 5 pm
March 24: 3 pm – 5 pm

Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
1080 Queen St. W.Toronto, Canada

Toronto... From March 16 - 24, 2007, FADO is proud to introduce Toronto audiences to the work of renowned Mexican artist Elvira Santamaria, who created a new piece in situ, working with the concept of "everyday life words in progress."

For this project, Santamaria begins with the minimal idea of installing herself in a Toronto window front space and responding to the words found in two different Toronto newspapers each day. Engaged in a sensitive process of daily response Santamaria created a progressive series of actions, images and objects that speak to immediate conditions. The performance could be viewed from the street, or one could enter the space and interact with her. Starting with an 18-hour day, the performance became progressively shorter each day until the final 2-hour action on March 24.

Santamaria writes of her way of working: "I am interested in instant creation. I think that the need for real human communication demands freedom and spontaneity, far away from seeking determinate answers. Action artists are inventing new relationships among others and at the same time they are discovering and reinventing themselves." (published on New Moves International).

Photography: Miklos Legrady

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