Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza
The artist Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza continues her work with the welcome class’s students from the Romain Rolland high school, with whom she spoke in 2010 and 2011.
The students work on expression through images and words, in particular through the use of photography and video. They realize different productions, working from, a look and a reflection on the notions of borders and edges, whether they are real or not ; in thought or in space, feared or desired. Thus, the workshop offers
a research through artistic practice, but also through speeches, and invites to capture the visible and invisible landmarks that inhabit us.
Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza (born in 1978 in Ecuador, lives and works in Paris since 2002) graduated from the École National de Beaux Arts de Paris in 2007, and has participated in post-graduate programs at the ENSBA in Lyon and Paris. “Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza works as an archaeologist of the image; in the shadows, she is not interested in what is visible on an image, but in what lies behind it […]: dust, stains, halos, so many manifestations that are barely visible but that say less about themselves than about what is not shown. Leaving a trace, marking something, so many gestures that interest the artist by what they imply. Disappearance, or at least the possibility of disappearance, is always present in the artist’s work, especially through the work of gumming and erasing undertaken by the artist for several years. …] For the artist, creating is firstly a political act. Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza presented her solo exhibition entitled l’espace épisodique at the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac in 2014.