Buenos Aires, 1976
In her works, Silvia Levenson investigates the subtle difference between what can be seen and what can be perceived by using glass as a magnifying glass in order to analyse the conflicts within families and society. Her glass objects are created with the same technique used for bronze sculptures, cire perdue. Glass for the Argentinian artist represents ambiguity: we use it for indispensable objects, like glasses or bottles, doors or windows, but it can hurt us by cutting us. Here therefore are the hand grenades placed on top of frosted cakes or put under glass domes like precious sweets, testimony of the battle that women must fight against social stereotypes and violence, or the glass swing and shoes, that symbolise the absence of people. One of her most recent traveling exhibitions is Identidad Desaparecida, a project whose purpose is to denounce the hundreds of children who have been kidnapped and given to illegal adoption during military dictatorship in Argentina. Silvia Levenson.
Silvia Levenson was born in 1957 in Argentina, but she has been living and working in Italy since 1981. She took part in different projects aimed at integrating refugees and migrants, such as Multaka in partnership with Berlin Glass and Memories of Home with the British Glass Biennial in the UK. Her works are permanently exhibited in important public and private collections such as at the Corning Museum of Glass, at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fè.