Water my plant


Water my plant

The 2017 Mestizo Arts Festival’s international program invites Argentinian artists Agustín Jais & Denise Lara Margules for a two-week residency at wpZimmer. The duo is working on their new project Water My Plant.

Water My Plant deals with the relation between architecture, institutional dynamics and artistic creation in both Buenos Aires and Belgium, and the possibilities of collaboration between these two distant territories. The process involves creating and exchanging miniature models of cultural buildings on a 1-to-1 basis, to start a participatory process with the cultural managers and artists working in them, with the aim to build sustainable and creative long-distant relationships.

Open Studio: Friday, October 28th, at 4PM
Presentation of mixed media works produced as a result of the field research in Belgium

Agustín Jais

Agustín Jais is an artist, curator, cultural manager, designer and professor. He is founder of Club Cultural Matienzo, an independent umbrella organization that runs a venue for the arts, culture and community life. His artistic practice is linked to this experience, taking form as context-based projects, developed mostly in collaboration, that experiment with institutional dynamics, community building and the collective re-learning of accessible technologies. He has presented projects at Hamiffal (Jerusalem), Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar (Asunción, Paraguay), Centro Cultural Parque España (Rosario, Argentina), and CETC-Teatro Colón, Espacio Telefónica and Centro Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He participated in residencies in New York, Ciudad de Mexico and Antwerp, and was speaker about collective initiatives at Beursschouwburg (Brussels), HaMiffal (Jerusalem), Fundación PROA and Fundación Lebensohn (Buenos Aires). In 2015 he made Soulseek/2016, his first collaboration with Denise Lara Margules.

Denise Lara Margules

Denise Lara Margules' artistic practice involves and intertwines the creation of documentary film and video, embroidery-based installations and cooking. She studied filmmaking at Universidad del Cine, and attended workshops by Martín Rejtman, Andrés Di Tella and Matías Piñeiro (Universidad Di Tella), Juan Campanella and Werner Herzog (EICTV, Cuba). At the same time and after years of cooking with her female relatives, she became a professional cook at IAG, Gato Dumas' school and with Pamela Villar. Since 2014, she studies embroidery with Guillermina Baiguera. Her short films were presented at BAFICI (14), MALBA, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (FICCALI) and Family Fiction Film Project, Portugal. In 2017, she was artist-in-residence at Casa Xitla, Ciudad de Mexico.