Juan Ignacio Cabruja.
Uncertain inclusion of public space.
Site – specific instalation on the facade of the Vranyczany – Dobrinović Palace


Km 11632
CITY Zagreb, Croatia
ADDRESS: Andrije Hebranga 1

VENUE NMMU – National Museum of Modern Art
EXHIBITION Wanderers. Uncertain inclusion of public space
ARTIST: Juan Ignacio Cabruja (ARG)
CURATORIAL WORK BIENALSUR: Benedetta Casini (ITA); Branko Franceschi (HRV)

After the earthquake that hit Croatia in 2020, the NMMU - Nacionalni Muzej Moderne Umjetnosti, like many other buildings in the country, closed its doors to the public to enter a process of restructuring. In this context, the artist Juan Ignacio Cabruja intervenes on the façade of the museum with a light composition. The work makes visible in the epidermis of the architecture the process that goes through in the interior of the building. Site-specific in both spatial and conceptual terms, the work is constituted as a crescendo that, from an apparent electrical failure, is rhythmically configured in a harmonic composition that interpellates the surrounding urban context. The museum emits signals of imperfect vitality and, refusing to resign itself to its functions, makes error and accident into tools capable of generating an intimate connection with the city and its inhabitants.

Benedetta Casini

Complete text by Benedetta Casini you can find here: Km 11632 NMMU curatorial text

Juan Ignacio Cabruja
(1992 Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina).

2012. Painting workshop in charge of Juan Hernández.
2015. School for animators of Rosario. Municipality of Rosario.
2011. Rosario School of photography by Hersilia Álvarez.
2014. Bachelor of Fine Arts. U.N.R.
2015. Course Electronic Arts at the edge of contemporaneity by Jazmín Adler.
2016. Basic electronics workshop by Federico Gloriani.
2016 VJ visuals in real time. Superior School of Design
2017. Intensive course on stage lighting. C.A.I. (Argentine Lighting Center).
2017. Electronics for the image by Federico Gloriani.
2019. Borrowed School. J.M. Musto Municipal School
2019. Analogic screens course by Magdalena Molinari.
2020. DIY workshop: development of light control interfaces by Lucas DM.
2021. Artists program. Torcuato Di Tella University.
2022. Technologies in contemporary art. Updating program. Faculty of Philosophy U.B.A.
2022. Residency "Creators" at La Térmica, Málaga, together with BienalSur.
2023. Residency "Azul montaña", Córdoba.
2023. Master in Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Arts. U.N.T.R.E.F.
2023. AB-ELE. Training space coordinated by Carla Barbero and Javier Villa.

2017. Fase, collective "espacio lab". site specific.
2018. Experimental 7, A/V performance, mapping on planetarium dome in real time.
2019. Experimental 8, Audiovisual performance intervention with musician Coco Etcheverry.
Night of the Museums, Municipality of Rosario. Colectivo Escueles prestades, performative intervention, Museo de la Ciudad.
2019. Closing of the year exhibition at Crudo Gallery, contemporary art, light installation.
2020. Pre-opening of new space at Crudo gallery, contemporary art, site-specific light installations,
Jet Lag, exhibition at Crudo, contemporary art, as part of Panorama - Week of art galleries in Argentina. arteBa in conjunction with Meridiano.
48th Tucumán Salon, for the National level, of Visual Arts - 2020 edition.
National Salon of Rosario, Gabinete 2020, Castagnino Museum + Macro.
La Fugaz 2020, Castagnino Museum + Macro.
2021. Solo exhibition, "Mediato". Crudo Gallery (Creation Grant 2021 FNA).
9th Rafaela Biennial. Museum "Dr. Urbano Poggi".
Mention Argentine Visual Arts Award - OSDE Foundation.
Audiovisual Space. ArteBa 2021.
2022. Temporal atemporal, 25 contemporary Argentinean artists. CCD Arte, Uruguay.
La Térmica Residency, BienalSur. Malaga, Spain.
LUZ MALA, Satellite, Cordoba, Cordoba.
2023. Andreani Foundation Award, Buenos Aires.
LUZ MALA, Remixed, Quimera ft. Crudo, contemporary art. Buenos Aires.
Sacred Art Biennial, 2023, Recoleta cultural center, Buenos Aires.
Solo exhibition, "Rastro pulsión". Manzana de Las Luces Historical Center, Buenos Aires.

An expansive proposal for contemporary art, culture and reflection
Since 2015, from the south of the world we have been organising BIENALSUR, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South conceived by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), a public university in Argentina.
It is a different kind of biennial: decentralised, democratic, horizontal and humanistic, embracing the issues of today's world.
From its Km 0 at MUNTREF (Museums of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) Hotel de Inmigrantes venue in the City of Buenos Aires, to Tokyo, BIENALSUR maps out a new cartography for contemporary art that spans 18,370 kilometres, simultaneously connecting art spaces, creators, audiences and communities from all continents.
As of 2015, a series of Global South meetings were held that gave rise to a dynamic project rooted in dialogues, exchanges and presentations making up a diverse and sustained public programme. BIENALSUR was subsequently built on this foundation.
The first edition of BIENALSUR was held in 2017, featuring the participation of more than 400 artists across approximately 80 venues in 34 cities spanning 16 countries. In 2019, the map extended its reach, encompassing 112 venues in 47 cities in 21 countries. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic in 2021, the biennial took place in 120 venues across 48 cities in 24 countries of the Americas, Asia and Euro. Over 1800 artists from all over the world participated throughout the first three editions.
Unprecedented in its methodology, BIENALSUR incorporates works and projects that arise from open, free, international calls without pre-established topics. This inclusive approach aims to encourage artists and curators to conceive specific proposals without the constraints of predetermined themes, and to pursue their own explorations.
From the Open Call emerge the itineraries as the primary curatorial axes of each edition. The selection criterion for the projects is the quality of each submission, both in conceptual and aesthetic terms.


With a steadfast determination to explore alternative dynamics for art and culture in the pursuit of new logics of artistic and social circulation both locally and globally, BIENALSUR continues to uphold the right to culture and diversity.
Over the course of six months, artists, curators, institutions, and communities from various corners of the world will join forces with growing simultaneity. amplifying their efforts to actively address contemporary challenges.

Aníbal Y. Jozami

Diana B. Wechsler


Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb

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