Thursday, April 5 -- 3:30pm - 4:30pm -- Bally's, Skyview 3


Contemporary art practices have generated “altered” organisms, which find in printmaking a fertile territory, deconstructing the category of “species” in which it has been situated from a long time.


 In Molecular Biology ‘transgenic’ refers to an organism, which derives from other origin sources. It partly carries something of the previous beings, but it is also completely new that exists in an ‘in between’ status. “Altered” printed organisms have been generated recombining them with other species. This “transgenic” status is seen as a metaphor for the position of contemporary printmaking: how the breadths of the present-day printed media breaks the traditional parameters of this field and change its genes, as it were. This not only includes technological displacement or hybridization of the practice, but also the meaning of the contemporary print itself: what matters is not necessarily the definition of the “species” that it belongs, nor the technique employed, nor the particular means of one’s practice, but the discursive efficacy of the artwork one, as an artist, generate via print media.


In this paper Candiani will address international artists working in expanded print media practices as well as will show projects made in both Proyecto´ace in Argentina and the Institute of Electronic Arts at the NYSCC at Alfred University in USA.



Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alicia Candiani is a visual artist, architect and independent curator. She is the founder and current director of Proyecto'ace -an Artist- in-Residence International Program, focused on expanded print media, and the President of Fundación ́ace para el Arte Contemporáneo, a non-profit organization that hosts this project. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University in the US where she has been appointed as International Randall Chair in Expanded Media. 


She is a member of the International Advisory Board at the Academic Print Alliance (IAPA)/ based in China Central Academy of Arts in Beijing, China. She has been appointed as a member of the International Jury in the International Print Biennial ROC2016 in Taiwan (2016) and the Krakow Graphics Triennial in Poland (2015), where she also served as president of the jury. Recently, she has been visitor scholar at the Art and Design Institute in Shanghai, China; Academy of Art and Fashion Design in Lodz, Poland; National Printmaking Workshops in Mexico; Montclair State University and Indiana University in the United States.Her works are the recipient of major awards in her country and abroad, among them the Grand Prizes in Bulgaria, Russia, Spain, Bosnia&Herzegovina and Germany as well as received other prizes in Japan, Puerto Rico, USA and India.


Candiani has been a SGCI international member since 1998 and the International Member at Large at the Board of Directors during 2008-2010. In 2016, she was honored with the SGCI Honorary Member of the Council Award, acknowledging the impact that her leadership “has had on our community and your ability to inspire others to continue their career in printmaking”.