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    Andrés Waissman (1955 - )

    ARTIST STATEMENT

    In general terms, Todavía quedan ganas de bailar is representative of my work. Its roots are in the drawing of the Argentine school, based on a certain lyricism, a certain gestural quality that has marked local art of a certain period. I am a son of this school and I produce this type of work intermittently.

    The work is a watercolour, belonging in technique and theme to a series of works that relate to the reality of 1970s and 80s Argentina. The characters are the protagonists of those terrible days.

    Todavía quedan ganas de bailar says that while it is still possible, the desire to go on remains; the desire to go forward: despite the cruelty, the contradictions, the characteristics of our people and the impotence of an immense, rich nation that has been impoverished by bad administrations and the search for an identity that at times seems lost.

    I have always had a theme relating to the media I use, and the Tintas or Aguadas (Tints or Watercolours), such as the work being addressed here, try to reflect an idea of a tragic society. Although my current work has changed, has taken a turn toward abstraction (referring to recent paintings such as Las Multitudes and Fragmentaria) its content continues to be based on exodus and migration. The figures of earlier works are now faceless, they are in the totality of the canvas, this character is reflected by the works' titles: a multitude that embraces the world, but a multitude that can be identified within certain ethnicities and nationalities, as those removed from the land, the landless.

    Andres Waissman

    Translated from the original Spanish by Jennifer Josten.

    14/12/2004

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