I was born in Argentina in 1986.
During my childhood I lived in the Military Hotel of Puerto Belgrano, in Bahía Blanca, because my father was in the Argentine Army (1982 Malvinas war, in 1991 he quitted as a Frigate Lieutenant).
Around my childhood and the memories of experiences of my father, my social and political concerns emerged. The uniform became the territory where I explore, reflect and observe, my character, my obsessions and idealisms, subjects that define the development of my learning process.
Introduction text for his last exhibition:
A word on war,
3331 Arts Chiyoda(B108), Tokyo, Japan, 2017.
The Malvinas War, also called Guerra de Malvinas or Falklands War, was a war between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and it took place in 1982, over the Malvinas islands, in the Atlantic Ocean.
The British have been in control of the islands since 1833, and Argentina claimed them during the 20th century, arguing geographical proximity and previous historical control of the islands.
In 1982, while a military dictatorship was ruling in Argentina, this country invaded the islands in an operation called Operación Rosario. Ignacio´s father with 22 years old was a part of that mission as he was in charge of communications and suppling as a midshipman in the destroyer boat called A.R.A. Piedrabuena.
After the taking over (invasion) of Puerto Argentino (Port Stanley) by Argentina, the British fought back, sending from Uk their army forces.
The war ended on June 14th, lasting almost three months. UK won the war, Argentinians were expelled from the Islands, and almost one thousand lives were lost during the war (British and Argentinian all together).
343 lives were lost in the sinking of the crucer general Belgrano, hit by two torpedoes sent by the British submarine, the Conqueror. Arround 700 people were rescued from their save boats and survived the sinking.
Exhibited as Conflict/Sequence piece, you can find words from a midshipman, survivor of the crucer general Belgrano and Ignacio’s fathers who was at the time of the sinking of the Belgrano, right next to it, onto another embarkation, being part of the rescuing of the survivors.
This exhibition seeks to talk about war memories that evoke us why after every war there is a contradictory feeling of heroism, thruth, regret and non-regret. How do generations embrace history and emotions towards war experience. What is the purpose of war?
“Since I was a kid my father used to talk to me about his experience at war. Two years ago, I decided to embrace my political and social concerns towards Argentina’s history and symbols. In this way, it became the territory where I explore, reflect and observe, my character, my obsessions and idealism, subjects that define the development of my learning stages.”