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Nicolas Mastracchio

Born in 1983 in Argentina
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I work with studio photography without postproduction, on the border between reality and fiction. This technique allows me to create a controlled image that I associate with the strategies and aesthetic conventions of advertising, politics and the media. The starting points of my work are the artificial space of photography and its mechanisms to induce suspicion and ambiguity.

I have developed a system for making an image. I choose everyday objects that are usually perceived in an automatic way—it could be a coin, a net, a rope— to photograph them in a staged context that positions them beyond their implicit function. At first glance, the scenes that I construct resemble commercial devices or digital renders. I use this mechanism to slow down the act of perception. My aim is that each object be read between the lines, reactivate many senses, and generate questions that gravitate towards new questions.

Solo Exhibitions
2014 – Nicolas Mastracchio – Galeria ZabaletaLab, Buenos Aires, AR.
2013 – Nicolas Mastracchio – Galeria Pilar, Sao Paulo, BR
2011 – Nicolas Mastracchio & Juan Tesi – Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, AR. (two person)
2009 – ¿Qué Hay Dentro del Círculo? -Nada – Galería Mite, Buenos Aires, AR.
2008 – Mi Pesadilla No Se Parece al Mar – Limite Sud, Buenos Aires, AR. (catalogue)
2007 – I ♥ Your PICS – Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR.
2007 – Oscuro Objeto Del Deseo – Galería Appetite, Buenos Aires, AR.

Group Exhibitions
2014 – Cromofobia – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires (Curated by Teresa Riccardi)
2012 – Adquisiciones, Comodatos y Donaciones – MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
2011 – LXV Salon Nacional Rosario Museo Castagnino – Rosario, Argentina
2008 – Escénica – Centro Cultural Rojas, Buenos Aires, AR. (curated by Alberto Goldenstein) (catalogue)

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