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Soil and etching in wood and glass box

Essex Collection of Art from Latin America

Territorio serves as an exploration of landscape and culture in the artist’s native Argentina. The work consists of two boxes filled with soil: on the right, the iron-rich soil from Argentina’s Misiones province and on the left the grey soil from Buenos Aires. In the middle of the frames are compositions that resemble maps. The viewer is invited to handle and move the boxes, allowing the soil to highlight details of the maps, creating new configurations of hills and plains within the frame. The work denotes the relationship between the human and the non-human (soil), and their equally important role in creating and modifying territory.

Teresa Pereda

Argentina, 1954

Teresa Pereda is a visual artist and researcher who studied Art History at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Pereda uses earth elements to explore the nature-culture divide, often using soil from different territories across Argentina that the artist has collected since 1995. She has had solo exhibitions in Argentina, Spain, USA and Canada and currently works as a researcher at the Universidad Nacional 3 de Febrero in Argentina. Her work is represented by the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at the University of Essex.


Live Streams is curated by Lisa Blackmore (School of Philosophy & Art History and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Essex), Diego Chocano (Assistant Curator of Essex Collection of Art from Latin America/University Art Collections) and Emilio Chapela (Artist and Research Assistant at the University of Essex). This website was built by David Medina.

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