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Eloisa Ibarra: The Seed of Babel

Date: 11/18/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


Eloisa Ibarra: The Seed of Babel
One-person exhibition by the Uruguayan artist, Eloisa Ibarra

Exhibition Dates
November 11 – 30, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:00 – 7:00 public lecture by the artist
7:00 – 9:00 public reception with the artist
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Location and Hours
Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-7530
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Accessibility and Cost
The Quarter Gallery is wheelchair-accessible. The exhibitions and public receptions are free and open to the public.

Uruguayan artist Eloisa Ibarra has combined traditional printmaking techniques with digital technologies to explore what she terms “the depletion of language” in contemporary society. The Seed of Babel consists of 20 prints in the etching and engraving mediums, as well as audio recordings accessed through digital QR codes incorporated into the artworks and the gallery. The audio recordings are derived from a “circular translation” in which a fragment of The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges was translated by Google Translate from English back to Spanish to French to Italian to Arabic to German to Chinese to Portuguese and back to English, rendering the text into an illogical chaos – a modern Tower of Babel. This artistic investigation, beautifully navigated by Ibarra, uses the tools of communication to explore the loss of communication and the loss of meaning which follows.

The Seed of Babel was curated by Alfredo Torres and presented July - August, 2013 in the Gallino Museum in Salto City, Uruguay before coming to the University of Minnesota in November. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by the artist and includes an essay by Alfredo Torres.

Artist Biography
Eloisa Ibarra is an artist based in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a graduate of the Technical University of Uruguay (1988) and also studied at the National School of Fine Arts (1989-90). Her work has been exhibited extensively in Uruguay and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevideo; the Raggio Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the National Center of the Arts, Mexico City; and the National Museum of the Arts in La Paz, Bolivia. Ibarra was an artist in residence at the San Agustin Art Center in Oaxaca, Mexico.

This project was made possible by the Funds for Culture program of Uruguay’s Ministry of Education and Culture, through an open competition. The presentation at the University of Minnesota was organized by Mark Knierim, Facilities and Technical Manager in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and is made possible by Partners of the Americas. This activity is further made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery


Parking is available in the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply.

More information: http://art.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Rachel Kirchgasler, Department of Art, kirc0110@umn.edu, (612) 624-7900.

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