plataforma² & verse present CONTEMPORARY VOICES
7 - 16 October 2021 / Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 145, 08004 Barcelona, España
Preview: 7 October 2021, 6-9 pm
Visits by appointment only
Visits by appointment only
plataforma² is pleased to present “Contemporary Voices”, a group exhibition with participating artists Albert Puigcercós, Ángel De León, Aurea Tanttu, Jordi Clotet, José Capaz, Juan Sebastián Peláez, Mattea Perrotta and Raúl de Nieves curated by Pepe Baena Diví.
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoevsky.
The starting point of this group exhibition is born from an existentialist search. A common feeling that makes us reflect on our self-perception and the capacity of adaptation in the environment in which we grow and develop our experiences. From the moment we are born, we attend to social issues that govern our thoughts, actions and decisions. Through the gaze of eight local and international artists, “Contemporary Voices” responds to an introspection concerning historical and contemporary events, where action and transformation play a crucial role between the person and the environment. The works on display present a two-stage journey united by the idea of questioning uncertainty, challenging the dynamic forces in which we participate but have neither intention nor control. The consequences of human actions are rooted in sociopolitical contexts, intertwined with transformations on multiple scales. Similarly to the current global situation, understanding the human being with his environment to advance and prosper towards an egalitarian society becomes both an act of self-awareness and a path for change and acceptance.
In the first stage, the reasoning about the environment and the factors that motivate it. In “The Triumph of Dead (after Pieter Bruegel the Elder)”, Ángel de León represents a memento mori, the triumph of Death over worldly things where preconceived moral and social ideas and truths are questioned. In “Ataraxia”, José Capaz is inspired by the harshness of his native Cuba. Capaz takes the Greek term of the same name as its starting point, which synthesizes the search for serenity and happiness in a contemporary society going through a physical and existential crisis. Jordi Clotet’s sculptures question intermediate comfort zones such as the limbo between the real and the virtual, exploring durability and temporality. Through literature, mathematics and classical plastic arts, Albert Puigcercós’ “Plastic Canons” confront the perception of the origin of forms and materials.
In the second stage, the different realities to which we are exposed have an objective; to make us participate in the freedom of choice as a source of search, revelation and creation of meaning. Mattea Perrotta embodies a minimalist process where she celebrates femininity. Rather than objectifying the female body, Perrotta skillfully portrays the beauty of the essence through organic forms. Using natural materials, Aurea Tanttu embodies the search for the sublime. In “Untitled”, Tanttu transports us to a forgotten romanticism, one in which the central figure makes us present in time. In “Pocahontas” from the “Ewaipanoma” series, Colombian Juan Sebastián Peláez reinterprets and critizices drawings of the natives from the 16th-century conquerors, commonly depicted as headless monsters. Closing the exhibition, “Excerpts from Vida Perfectas (3)” by Raúl de Nieves breaks with any imposed hierarchy, composing a celebration of life, an ode to existence itself.