Alfredo De Stefano (Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico)
Dinosaur – ongoing project
Alfredo De Stefano participated in the Offsite_Onsite convergent program research + production residency offsite in Mexico. Stefano joined weekly artist and curator virtual conversations to share creative practices and to collectively work towards the exhibition Under One Sky.
“In the Offsite_Onsite artistic residency program, it was enriching to be able to dialogue with the other participating artists and find with some of them certain points of agreement on our artistic concerns as well as learn about their projects and ways of working.”
“Works from the ongoing Dinosaur series, a work that re-interprets my photographic archive on fossils, new discoveries of dinosaurs and paleontological investigations that I have done with scientists from the Desert Museum, the most important natural history museum in Mexico.
In the desert museum, in parallel to my work as an artist, I worked for 10 years as the director of marketing and communication (I have a University Bachelor degree in communication and marketing).
During those years at the museum, I worked on various scientific projects and scientific dissemination on Mexican fossils such as books and exhibitions. I have an extensive photographic archive on fossils and I continue to photograph paleontological pieces from the museum’s collection.
In my Dinosaur project I am reinterpreting this photographic archive giving it new readings, also with interventions in the desert using real fossils, or other materials from popular culture about dinosaurs. The region where I live is one of the 10 richest paleontological areas in the world with discoveries of new species of dinosaurs as well as other reptiles. In some of those discoveries I was involved. Paleontologists from various countries of the world including Canada have come to study and work with the museum.”
Offsite_Onsite Installation Project –A photography-based digital presentation Alfredo’s ongoing installation project Dinosaur is installed at the Courtenay + District Museum and Palaeontology Centre (207 4th St, Courtenay, BC) as an extension of the current programming at CVAG.