bloemgracht 57 Amsterdam
“Subjects in mirror are closer than they appear”
extended until October 31, 2020
Review on GalleryViewer (Dutch)
In her solo exhibition “Subjects in mirror are closer than they appear”, Spanish artist Cristina Lucas reflects on the huge disconnect between man and nature. In abstract compositions made with the very matter that makes up the human body – roughly sixteen elements, from carbon and phosphorus to calcium and iron – she demonstrates the effects of their chemical interactions. Colors, forms, lines: every composition is the product of a practically uncontrollable process. Every composition is unique, just as every human being – and the earth itself – is unique. What connects us to each other, and to nature, is the fact that we consist of the same elements. Mankind itself is actually that planet, that earth, the environment. Lucas’s exhibition is an open call, an appeal to restore our connection to the earth and to ourselves.
Central to the exhibition is the video work The People That Is Missing (2019). The images were shot in Spitsbergen, Norway. With her video Lucas not only portrays the urgent issues of our time, but she does so in one of the most challenging locations in the world, the North Pole, where the effects of climate change are obvious and where tensions relating to the international division of sources of fossil fuel will determine the near future. We hear a woman’s voice reciting a poem. The images illustrate the poem that is made up of quotes from influential people with frequently contradictory views, from Alexander Von Humboldt to James Lovelock, Viveiros de Castro, Deleuze and Bruno Latour.
Fernando Sánchez Castillo
November 12, 2020 – January 9, 2021
On November 12 the third solo exhibition of Fernando Sánchez Castillo in the gallery will open. One of the works of the Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo in his exhibition Retro-Expectatives is a “mental map”, a representation of the history of the American Statue of Liberty, based on personal perception, own experiences and (hidden) information. ‘‘Lady Liberty’ is a monument that symbolizes freedom. In his work Sánchez Castillo wonders how art can contribute to revising existing icons, undermining and loading them with new meanings. The exhibition is an ode to the power of constructive protest and the attempt to reset memory, as it were. Retro-Expectatives is an invitation to think about history as fiction, as a construction that must be revised time after time.
During Amsterdam Gallery Weekend, Fernando Sánchez Castillo presents Liberty for All: a small wooden version of the Statue of Liberty, but with the face of a non-white person. Liberty for All refers to all protest and emancipation movements aimed at achieving equal rights and freedom for all.
MAYA WATANABE (a.o.)
@ Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, DE
Beyond the Pain
until May 30, 2021
1016 ke amsterdam
wednesday – saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm