Sandra Miranda Pattin
I’m working mainly in installation and performance, even though I’m firmly convinced that each project has the need for a specific aesthetic articulation, which is why the fulcrum of creation starts with the dialogue with the surroundings and the context. I’m interested in the body as a transformation territory, the body as a political battle between cultural contractions and our own beliefs. The body is where the undefined becomes visible and abandons the abstract state in which inhabits the mind space, I carefully observe body’s reaction to daily life and to the diversity of states of mind given by the surroundings. I am also interested on how it becomes both victim and cause of our pain, that precarious equilibrium, that interstice is where my research is founded. Only when a thought goes through the body, it becomes real, whereas in our mind is still at risk of manipulation. The real comprehension of something happens in the translation of a thought to the physicality of our body, it also happens involuntarily: the body does not lie. The shape of body and the status is conditioned by our cultural surroundings, by our thoughts, by our culture, this is why body is the most honest political statement one can offer. For this reason I’m particularly interested in the propulsive need human beings have to ritualize. This action is our way to make real our connections, our life passages and our changes. If rituals were used as a mean of transformation outside society dogmas and traditions, they could become a strong means for dialogue within ourselves and what surrounds us, allowing us the space for the evolution to fully happen.
After all Darwin affirmed that: “It is not the strongest species that survive but the one that adapts better”.
Born and raised in Colombia, I studied Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, I have exhibited extensively in Europe, China and South America with works ranging from perforation drawing to installations and, finally, performance, which has been my main are of research. I have participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, biennials and festivals (see list of shows in www.sandramiranda.com). I have worked with curators such as Marco Scotini, John Spike, Monika Bravo, Juan Xu and Paco Barragan. I have written scripts for artistic documentaries, directed the production of many multimedia, sound, performance and even theatrical projects. Winner of numerous awards, including the recent first prize in photography at the Mantua Chamber of Commerce and the nomination for the Sara Modiano Award and the COCA Art Prize. My works are part of public collections such as: Mantua Chamber of Commerce, Italy, Diart Contemporary Art Foundation, Sicily, Italy, Lisbon Museum in Barcelona, Spain, Colombian American Center, Bogota, Colombia, among others. I’m currently curator of Chiasso Perduto in Florence (www.chiassoperduto.com) , former Artistic Director for Sensemedia, Italy, International Projects Director for 10 years at the Florence Biennale where I worked with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Gilbert & George, David Hockney, Christo and Jeanne Claude, among many others. I have also worked as Artistic Consultant at the Zhengmou Art Museum, Qingdao, China, at Fabbrica Progetto, Gambettola, consultant at the Buenos Aires Biennial. I co-founded Artistic residency spaces in Sardinia (B&BArt Museum) and in Lima (Una Esquina), also co-founder of ArtSEEN Journal and the web TV channel Sillon 8. I’m currently living between Colombia and Italy.