Paz Bardi | July 2020
Bardi explores certain themes through a pictorial language that she consciously brings to the extreme, seeking to awaken the imagination. In her most recent series, she narrates moments of the book “Caza de Conejos” by Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero. This book is a set of curiously surrealistic stories about rabbit hunts and touches themes that she uses as a way of constructing her imagery: fiction, fantasy, identity, and contradictions. Similarly to Levrero’s introspective realism writing, Bardi’s work is structured around humor and unease, intuitively exploring questions of identity. Likewise, she assigns certain contemporary elements to the characters in her pictures, like modern clothing and breakdancing postures for the viewer to be able to place the subject matter in our time. This way, her characters remain unknown yet we can situate them in a temporal realm. Finally, Bardi introduces theatrical elements in her paintings, like forced postures on her human figures or set design as a background, like in Pare de Fumar. This represents the dichotomy between the fantastical world of the books and the imagination and our very own world.
Paz Bardi studied Visual Arts at the Universidad del Museo Social Argentino, and Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The artist has participated in residencies in Toulouse (France), Paris, and Berlin and has exhibited her work, both in solo and group exhibitions, in Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and France.