“Show Your Wound” is a choreographic and sonic performance by Ana Lessing Menjibar that exposes the emotional and physical fragility of the human body in a near-posthuman world. In dialogue with musicians Philipp Kullen and Nikola Pieper, the artist interweaves bodies, worlds of sound and language into a performance that examines the poetic potential of various physical states, from formal to ecstatic. In her deconstruction of traditional flamenco, she works with sculptural objects as an extension of her dance practice to investigate questions about wounds and healing, the collective body, and processes of transformation.
The dance performance will extend across the exhibition space and enter into a dialogue with the sculptures and installations by Vera Kox. The works of the two artists share an innovative and experimental approach that considers the body as fluid and examines the dissolution of the boundaries between matter/body and the environment.
Based on phenomenological observations from the industrial mining of iron in southern Luxembourg from her childhood to current ecological measures to insulate facades in the streets of Berlin, Vera Kox develops an artistic practice that approaches the direct and indirect effects of the modern man-made age. Through unconventional material processing and experimental techniques, she crystallizes these influences into sculptural forms. Further, she analyses the inner life of her materials as well as their social and ecological readings — and, in doing so, approaches the so-called symbiocene, a term derived from contemporary ecological research used to describe the new interweaving, interaction and reciprocity of materials and objects across humanity and the environment.
For her first institutional solo exhibition, Kox takes the concept of deliquescence as a starting point, challenging a dissolution of solidified structures, textures and definitions beyond the material. Using special glazing techniques, casts of decontextualized surfaces or the transformative properties of aluminum, glass, clay and other artistic and building materials, she reveals newly created objects, wall reliefs and floor installations in various aggregate states. Flowing bodies characterized by liquidity emerge, which rather interlock and reveal themselves as metamorphic cycles.
The exhibition is generously supported by the Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg & the Ministère de la culture Luxembourg and by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The artist was supported by a working grant Neustart Kultur // Stiftung Kunstfonds.
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