A founding member of The Baldessin Press & Studio, Silvi Glattauer (born in Argentina) is a practicing photomedia artist from Melbourne, Australia. She is recognised as an authority on the Photopolymer Photogravure process as well as working with a range of other photographic processes. The central themes in Silvi’s work relate to nature, and narratives. There is a connecting thread between materiality, object, and preciousness. Her images are about beauty as felt by the sense of sight and touch. Silvi’s approach is to collect, to archive, to classify and to record. Her narratives are strongly related to storyboards of time and place.
Silvi has exhibited throughout Australia and abroad, most recently at the Museum of Victoria. She has been a Boweness finalist three times. Other major achievements include winning the prestigious Nillumbik Prize and being commissioned by the Victorian government to create a documentary series for bushfire recovery and memorials in 2014 and 2016. Silvi is also a selected artist in residence for Art Print Residence, Barcelona and Inkmasters, Cairns. Silvi’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and Geelong Regional Galleries, Melbourne Museum, State Libraries of Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland, Monash Gallery of Art and Nillumbik Shire council.
These Altiplanic landscapes are topographical storyboards exploring a personal narrative of identity that pendulates between Australia and Argentina. Eternal and elusive, silent yet present, a shadowless landscape that offers extensive spaces and provides an opportunity to disconnect from the tangible and obvious visual elements one would associate with traditional landscape photography. The Atacama plateau (La Puna) extends through the Andes of north west Argentina, northern Chile and southern Bolivia.