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  • ICAA Record ID
    753852
    AUTHOR
    Fernández Bonina, Tito
    TITLE
    Fernández Bonina : 1 al 13 de julio
    IMPRINT
    Rosario, Buenos Aires : [s.n.], Julio de 1968
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Loose leaf – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Fernández Bonina, Tito. "Fernández Bonina: 1 al 13 de julio," July 1968. Artist statement. Personal archive of Graciela Carnevale, Rosario.
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Synopsis

The statement written by Fernández Bonina concerning the happening he presented at the Series is a brief description of the procedure (bring the viewers into an empty room, where there are no objects or other distractions of any kind). He also explains his intention, which was to prompt the viewers to reflect on their own existence, influenced as it is by forms of prohibition that have become so common as to be completely invisible.

Annotations

The Grupo de Arte de Vanguardia de Rosario—created by a fusion of three workshops, with artists from different artistic organizations (alumni from Juan Grela, the Grupo Taller, and recent graduates of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de la Universidad)—initiates its public collective actions and position statements at the end of 1965. Two years later, the group acquires more cohesion and is acknowledged as one of the most dynamic experimental art groups in the country. The Ciclo de Arte Experimental [Experimental Practices of Art Series], planned for the early 1968, began in May inside a space that was given to the group by an advertising agency. A short time later, the Instituto Di Tella from Buenos Aires granted it a subsidy that allowed the group to rent a small glass space inside a commercial gallery. Every two weeks, until October 1968, the group would stage an exhibition proposed by one of its members.   

 

The happening presented by Fernández Bonina was the third at the Series, and it took place in July 1968. Picking up where previous interventions had left off, Bonina cleared the room of everything except some posters, which announced that smoking and talking were forbidden. Viewers were asked to leave their books, bags, purses, and the like, outside, and to respect the instructions provided by the posters. At Bonina’s event, as in other happenings presented at the Ciclo, the emphasis on the actual art project was stemming from the nexus with the public, according to them the privileged matter of the artistic proposal. 

Researcher
Ana Longoni.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivo Graciela Carnevale, Rosario, Argentina.