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  • ICAA Record ID
    1164030
    AUTHOR
    Azcarate, Ana de
    TITLE
    La última sábana / Ana de Azcárate
    IN
    Sandra Vivas. -- Caracas, Venezuela : Galería Alternativa, 2004
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Azcarate, Ana de. "La última sábana." In Sandra Vivas, 4- 5. Exh. cat., Caracas, Venezuela: Galería Alternativa, 2004.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Vivas, Sandra, 1969-
Synopsis

Researcher Ana de Azcárate analyzes the art of Sandra Vivas from her early production through 2004. De Azcárate points out constants in Vivas’s work, such as feminism and machismo, the use of her own body in performances and in videos, and the use of irony to address common gender roles in society as a whole and in Venezuela specifically. Sexuality, desire, and women’s role in art and society are the main concerns of Vivas’s unique body of work.

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In this text, art researcher Ana de Azcárate discusses the work of Venezuelan artist Sandra Vivas (b. 1969) on the occasion of the exhibition Casi todo held at Galería Alternativa in Caracas in 2004.

 

De Azcárate’s discussion is thorough yet concise. She provides an overview of Vivas’s work from the last decade, the period during which the artist became widely known on the Venezuelan contemporary art scene. De Azcárate mentions Vivas’s most important works in video, painting, and performance and the conceptual line they draw in her work. The development related to “the sexual” and “the feminine,” as well as to woman’s role in contemporary society, are the cornerstones of Vivas’s art, in de Azcárate’s view. She also points out how Vivas focuses on the terrain of intimacy and of private life by means of bodily expression—a focus that reflects the artist’s life experience, in the author's view.

 

De Azcárate’s analysis is important because it emphasizes the poetic valorization of “the feminine” in Vivas’s work, which serves to demystify what could be labeled as the “feminist” nature of her art.

Researcher
Gabriela Quero
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Reproduced with permission of Ana de Azcárate, Madrid, España
Location
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.