Rosa Maria Unda Souki & Christina Chirouze Montenegro

Side to Side #1 — Talks between artists and curators

Saturday, April 11 2020, at 12:00 am

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Inanimate objects, do you then have a soul that clings to our soul and the strength to love? wrote Lamartine two centuries ago.


Today, the Venezuelan-Brazilian artist Rosa María Unda Souki could make this quote her own. A great nomad, she dedicated her work to the houses that marked her path, either because she lived there or because others did: Federico García Lorca, Frida Kahlo. She has documented this "sensitive archaeology" of private spaces with extensive research on the life, tastes, habits and significant moments that these walls have seen. They are places that keep a spirit, a memory. More than just "living there", they are "inhabited".

In a time of compulsory and international isolation, we all find ourselves, for the first time in the history of humanity, confronted with these places that we call "home". "Stay at home": unanimous injunction, translated into all languages.


During an unusual residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Rosa María Unda Souki is interviewed by Christina Chirouze Montenegro, through the use of screens. She, who is so attached to private spaces, shares with us her past research and her reflections on today's world... in confinement.


Christina Chirouze Montenegro


Christina Chirouze Montenegro

Christina Chirouze Montenegro, of Guatemalan origin, has been an independent curator since 2010. She is the founder of the curatorial collective Coffeexhibits


Particularly attached to Latin America, Christina Chirouze Montenegro participates in many projects to promote this territory. In particular, she is the founding president of the AcÁ-Paris association for the promotion of Central American art in Europe. 

In 2019, she also curated several exhibitions for the Maison de l'Amérique Latine (Lisières David Solís & Mimesis Marlov Barrios).

She is currently co-curator with Michel Bouvet and Daniel Lefort of the 2020 edition of the Echirolles Graphic Design Month: Latin America: a graphic passion. 


Member of the Associated Curators Association (C-E-A), Christina Chirouze Montenegro was immediately attracted by Rosa Maria Unda Souki's work on the houses of the Spanish poet García Lorca and more broadly on the home as a space of intimacy.

Rosa Maria Unda Souki

Rosa Maria Unda Souki is a painter and writer of Venezuelan and Brazilian origin. She is a recipient of the Cité internationale des arts Visual Arts Committees.


Her work focuses on memory and the everyday life of the "home" as an intimate space. Her works raise the question of the permanence of spaces and objects and the fleetingness of human presence. 

Her creative process is reflected in a first phase of research (iconographic, bibliographical, historical and photographic) but also in the creation of a notebook containing annotations and personal sketches. 


Rosa Maria Unda Souki has been exhibited in Paris, Madrid, London, New York and Sao Paulo. 

Between December 2017 and February 2018, she was invited by the Fondation Hermès to exhibit her project around the Blue House by Frida Kahlo Angle London and Allende at the Atelier Hermès in Seoul, Korea.

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