Ivana Adaime Makac

Born in Las Flores, 1978. Lives and works in Paris, France.


Working in a multiplicity of media, such as installation, video, and photography, Ivana Adaime Makac incorporates in most of her pieces living beings: plants, crickets, locusts, silkworms, and mice. These small animals and insects that are often bred to feed other domesticated animals, or in animal testing, in the artist’s installations gain instead a protagonist role. Adaime Makac builds environments for them, that are often at the same time “consumable” sculptures on which the animals feed and live, as is the case of Le Banquet (2011-2016), or Rééducation (2011-ongoing). The artist is in charge of keeping the sculptures/environments fresh, edible, and liveable for its inhabitants, adding to the work a performative side that at the same time implies care for its protagonists. Working with living beings conveys also in the works the artist’s interest in cycles and the incompleteness of forms.

Recent exhibitions include Ateliers vortex, Dijon, France, 2015; La chambre blanche, Quebec, Canada, 2008. Among the group shows she participated in (selection): Pages Blanches, interdisciplinary project curated by Alice et caetera, Art Gallery of Nanjing University, China, 2019; Domande sul vivente, curated by Gabriela Galati, aA29Project Room, Milan, Italy, 2018; All around Us, curated by Ali Momeni, Wood street Galleries, Pittsburg, USA, 2017; Enchanter le réel, curated by Claire Lambert, Le bel ordinaire, Billière, France, 2017; Naturalia et artificialia, curated by ECCENTRIC Art & Research, Superstudio, Milan, Italy, 2016; Pages blanches, La place, Barcelona, Spain, 2015; Cabinet de curiosités, Naturalia, Vol.2, curated by Raphael Rivoire, Artothèque de Saint Priest, France, 2013; Spécimens, curated by Projet COAL, Domaine de Chamarande, France, 2012; Une mouche dans la tête, curated by Virginie Bourget, Clisson, France, 2012; PI, Paysage invisible, curated by Hervé Vachez, Gallerie Satellite, Paris, 2011; Salon de Montrouge #55, curated by Stéphane Corréard, France, 2010; Flux-2, Curated by Centre d’art Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France, 2007; Accès(s) Festival cultures électroniques, Pau, France, 2007; À suivre, Le bbb, Toulouse, France, 2006; Bridgestone Young Artist Biennal, Centro Cultural J.L. Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2000.

She took part of several art residencies programs: Maisons Daura, Residence internationale d’artistes, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France, 2007; La chambre blanche, Quebec, Canada, 2008; Centre d’art contemporain du Luxembourg belge, Montauban-Buzenol, Belgium, 2011; Centre d’art contemporain de Pontmain, France, 2012; Domaine de la garenne Lemot, Clisson, France, 2012; Le bel ordinaire, Billière, France, 2017.

She was nominated for the Projet COAL Prize in 2013 and obtained an honorable mention from the jury at Mulhouse 007 (A fair of young artists who graduated from European art schools, in Mulhouse, France).

After studying art history at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Adaime Makac obtained her diploma (DNSEP) at École supèrieure d’art des Pyrénées in 2006 and an MA in art research at Université Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in France, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Canada, United States, Libya and China.


Corso di Porta Ticinese, 87 Milan