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Uruguay is represented at the 57th International Art Exhibition by one single artist: Mario Sagradini (* 1946 Uruguay), whose work, since 1990, has meant a rare and significant contribution to contemporary art. During a long stay in Italy (1978-1985) he worked as engraver of his own etchings, together with those of other Italian artists. On his return to his country of birth he became an attractive referent for generations of younger artists for cultivating what is to date a singular manner of understanding and practicing art: wandering through the worlds of words and things, and rescuing daily life experiences, objects and narratives. Often, when working with the ethnographic find, he also works, with interest, with fragments of the Uruguayan history. So that, through the practices of art, the artist historian and the artist anthropologist reappear alternately (or simultaneously).
GLOBAL MYOPIA (pencil & paper). Artist: Marco Maggi. Commissioner: Ricardo Pascale. Curator: Patricia Bentancur