In a chapter of the small book Testament Vital by Fina Miralles (Sabadell, 1950), the artist remembers her visit to different places in Latin America, where she comes into contact with the indigenous peoples of the region. “Here those who spoke were the eyes… we understood each other through our feelings and our eyes,” she says in her notebook.
This phrase now serves as the title and context for this curatorial project that brings into dialogue the artistic practice of Fina Miralles with that of Rita Ponce de León (Lima, 1982). The work of both artists, although generationally and geographically distant, is extraordinarily close in its essence. Strongly anchored to the earth, to life, to the material, to ancestral beliefs and rituals that make up a powerful symbolic language, their drawings, actions, encounters or installations make up a particular vision of the relationship of the human with nature. Moving away from the dualisms established by Western modernity, their projects connect with some philosophical and thought currents that try to promote a new approach in our days, rescuing different knowledge that seems to be diluted in global uniformity. If in this hyper-connected, fluid and fast world a return to a certain essence is necessary, the works in this exhibition articulate a sincere dialogue between them and with the environment attending to the very close, creating sensitive connections and forming a poetic language from of a close dialogue with the earth and an intense presence of being.
Curated by: Juan Canela
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