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Inclusive Art: Works Don’t Just Enter Through The Eyes

Pictures and works of art for all senses. Touch and ear are stimulated in the sample for the blind exhibited
Cuadros y obras de arte para todos los sentidos.
13 October, 2019

Blind people who want to approach art, especially the visual, can only do so from the abstract conception that they can form as a consequence of what someone tells them. But that may be different in the innovative art exhibition offered at the Freedom Art Rooms. There, local artists present their works in an atypical and special exhibition, designed exclusively for the non-visionary public.

Until Thursday 17, the 6th Salon of Art for the Blind takes place in the department of Guaymallén. The initiative brings together 47 works by Mendoza artists, which stimulate the visitor and offer a multisensory experience.

The exhibition also awarded prizes to the most outstanding presentations and special mentions, by the jury composed by Patricia Barranco, of the Contemporary Art Space; Ana María Toledo, plastic teacher specializing in disability; Estela Labiano, visual artist; José Luis Molina, professor of the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UnCuyo; Miguel Gandolfo, sculptor; Susana Peralta, non-visionary artist; Gustavo Balvarrey, representative of the HCD of Guaymallén and María Gabriela Moreno, coordinator of the Freedom Art Rooms.

The winners

The winning works were that of Paula Blotta, with her work “Lo Sempiterno”, which proposes textile-velvety art, and that of Gisel Romina Manna, a mixed work called “El Respiro”.

“ I worked the work in a way different from how I think the rest of my works, looking for it to be purely sensitive, without contemplating colors and contrasts, but stimulating the person from touch,” noted the artist Gisel Manna.

The visitor could do the exercise of perceiving the works forgetting the sense of sight: “I close my eyes and touch them, feel them, and try decode what they generate to me,” said Mariana, assistant at the exhibition.

In recent years, the exhibition has become an alternative for the development of art contemplating disability, as there is no other place in Mendoza and other cities in the country.

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