July 18 – September 1, 2019
Reception July 18, 2019 7 PM
Gallery Talk July 18, 2019 6:15 PM
I have lived in California since 1998, but Buenos Aires remains my home – it anchors and feeds my soul.
I’ve always believed that we are three-dimensional beings, constantly living in the context of place. Everything we experience, everything we recall is intractably embedded in a specifc node of time and space. In my quest to adapt to living in the United States – in a place that is not mine, I began to lose my connection to myself, my identity and my grounding.
On one of my trips to Buenos Aires in 2011 with my camera in hand, I decided to revisit the place I knew so well and start at the beginning. I photographed things that have been a very important part of my life – family photographs, my first communion dress, my aunt’s house, places I’d visited with my father who passed away when I was a teenager. Like a jig saw puzzle, the pieces started coming together, re-creating my history and journey, reconstructing a life that had begun to feel no longer in sharp focus.
Just as I started this reconstruction of time and place, my aunt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. When I told her about my project, she told me how much she enjoyed photography when she was young and with tears in her eyes, she said “I am so happy you decided to photograph your home and collect your memories, because I am losing mine… so go out there, see for me, remember for me, you shall be my eyes”.
I am her eyes now, but also mine. As she slowly forgets who she is, I remember who I am. This journey has allowed me to rediscover the universal quest of self, collecting the pieces that had been left behind and occupying the spaces that had been left vacant. -ER
Eleonora Ronconi was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1998 she moved to California where she resides now. Here work has been selected to participate in exhibitions at the Triton Museum, Building Bridges Art Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, Verve Gallery and San Francisco Art Commission in the U. S. Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, Fotofever in Paris among others. Her first solo exhibition was in her native Buenos Aires in 2009.
Ronconi’s photographs have been featured in publications such as Aesthetica Magazine, Le Journal de la photography, Palo Alto Weekly, Lenscratch and Fracton Magazine and others.