This series by Buenos AIres artist Mariana Bersten explores the concept of the home as an Eden, a paradise, an enclosed space, a place of protection from outer space.
Bersten started to work on this project after she moved and almost lost all her belongings, developing an interest in the idea and concept of the house, security and insecurity, fear, closure. This notion expanded to the house as a reflection of social and geographic strata, the attainment - or lack - of paradise through housing. The universal need to build a space with an identity and a place of belonging.
Summer and the Architecture of Collapse is a photo installation -explored with different media, photography, painting and objects - that refers to the idea of paradise, and the instance when that paradise is broken - when the home becomes a threat, a dangerous place.
Mariana Bersten was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York in 1996, followed by studies in Art at Empire State College in New York, where she lived until 2007. Mariana has worked as an assistant for David Lachapelle, as well as a fashion photographer for the Ford and Elite agencies and fashion magazines such as Nylon, Black Book, Neo 2 and Abarna. She has exhibited her photographs at International Center of Photography in New York and El Centro de la Imagén, Mexico; at the contemporary art galleries Praxis, Miami and Praxis Buenos Aires; and at Tokyo Art Fair in Japan, arteBA and BAphoto in Buenos Aires, PINTA art fair in London UK, and the Parc art fair in Perú.
She is currently represented by the CVZ Contemporary Art Gallery at New York City, Art Globale, London and at Fundación El Mirador in Buenos Aires, where she is also the founding Director. She has been recognized with awards from the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), APA (Advertising Photographers of America), and awarded the Lipac grant in Buenos Aires. At 2009 she won first prize at the Bahia Blanca Biennial and in 2010 received the National Arts Fellowship in Argentina. She currently oversees and teaches programs within the Fundación El Mirador and is a professor at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires Argentina.