Eugenia Ivanissevich

Las Piedritas / Stone Play

This is a selection of images from a concertina book, which I handmade for my niece’s seventh birthday. Two copies exist and we each have one. The book is based on her first summer in Spain after her family emigrated from Argentina. Our adventures collecting stones and the games we invented with them during my first visit to her new place of residence are narrated through images and text.

Interlacing play with imagination around the urban environment, “Las Piedritas” is an invitation for adult and child to make a world of their own. Discovering colour, sound, weight, feel, temperature, surface, shape, and movement through these little stones gives way to conversation on what makes up our planet Earth; shifting from the city pebble to the rock formations of our ailing planet.

The pages of “Las Piedritas” unfold to stand as infinite shapes, casting shadows; an architectural play object itself.

About the Artist

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Eugenia Ivanissevich is an artist and educator. Originally from Argentina, she grew-up across several countries and languages. She graduated from the MA Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2012 after completing a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Since 2017, she is lecturer on the BA Fine Art and the BA Photography courses at Arts University Bournemouth and has been a tutor on the MA Photography programme at the Royal College of Art from 2017 to 2020.

She took part of the URRA artist residency in Buenos Aires in 2010 and was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Still Life Photography in 2013. Her work was exhibited at Centro Cultural España (Uruguay, 2009), Format Festival (UK, 2009), Galería del Infinito Arte (Argentina, 2010), Maddox Arts (Uk, 2014), Pinta London (2014), Photo London (2015) amongst others.

She participated in Material / Immaterial, an experimental Risograph publication curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, presented in Les Rencontres d’ Arles and Offprint Paris (France, 2018). She continues to work with Rodrigo on a two-year experimental project “The State of Things” for Landskrona Photo Festival (Sweden, 2020) culminating in an exhibition of the work at Landskrona Photo Festival (2022). Eugenia self-published her large format folio publication Con Sol. Con Agua (2019) which was presented at Unseen Platform, Amsterdam and Offprint Paris in 2019.

The relationship between the object and its image is often addressed in her work which employs analogue and digital processes. Aware of the historical and ongoing intersections of sculpture and photography, she often uses the camera to give permanence to temporary compositions of objects, surfaces and also trailing bits and bobs belonging to the domestic environment. Presenting her outcome in zines and publications is an integral part of her practice.

Games, narrative and play are amongst other interests Eugenia explores within a personal sphere, where close friends and family are active participants either as receivers or creators of work as in the photo book “Las Piedritas”.

Her website serves as a space for experimentation, raw ideas, images and dialogues finding themselves online for snippets of time.