b. 1982, Villa María, Argentina.
Leticia Bernaus has a Bachelor degree as a filmmaker from the Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires, Argentina). In 2015, her book of photographs and personal essay Zoobiografía was published. Zoobiografía photographs were awarded by the “Human World Competition” from the Spanish PHOTOALICANTE 2016, by the Brazilian contest Mosaicografía 2016, and by the Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 from London, UK. They were exhibit in Argentina (Buenos Aires and La Plata, 2015), Spain (Alicante, 2016), USA (Iowa City, 2015) and Brazil (Porto Alegre, 2016). With this project Bernaus also won the prize IILA-FOTOGRAFIA 2017 from Rome, Italy. These photographs will be shown at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), and at the Getty Images Gallery in London, next October, 2017. She will be also developing a new project about the city of Rome which will be exhibited at the MACRO in 2018.
In 2016, she was awarded with a fellowship to participate into the Visual Artist’s Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work in collaboration with the artist Lara Mossler, “28 Days”, was shown at The Hollows Art Space in Williamsburg, New York (September 2016) and at the Prairie Lights Cafe in Iowa City, Iowa (April 2017). On February 2017 she assisted to the The Elsewhere Studio Art Residency in Paonia, Colorado, where she developed the works “MATER” and “Limbo”. She was awarded with the University Fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is currently a member of the graduate Art Program (expected 2019). She lives in Chicago, USA.
My work revolves around recurrent topics: memory, death, womanhood, space, and nature. I collect and work with old family photographs, found images, books, objects, magazines, and nature elements to draw physical connections between memory, history, and identity.
By using diverse collage techniques, I fragment, overlap and superpose my photographs and I combine them with videos, fabric prints, transparencies, natural objects and lights to recreate fictional territories. By the assembly of diverse preexisting spaces, my montages create new metaphoric landscapes in which multiple times and topographies arises. These compositions inspire new elucidations about time, space and nature. They also stage symbolic representations which materialize my personal understanding and my affectionate relationship with these specific themes.