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You owe me one
Maria José Arjona, Regina José Galindo, Silvia Giambrone, Maria Evelia Marmolejo, Mary Zygouri
Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani
Maria José Arjona | Regina José Galindo | Silvia Giambrone | Maria Evelia Marmolejo | Mary Zygouri
You owe me one
Essay by Elsa Barbieri
Five different readings to reconstruct the story of being in debt
Opening: January 26, 2023, 18:00
27 October – 09 March 2023
Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani is pleased to present You owe me one, a group show with Maria José Arjona, Regina José Galindo, Silvia Giambrone, Maria Evelia Marmolejo and Mary Zygouri.
From a formal point of view You owe me one shows what rest of a performance. Not only in terms of photographic, video and object documentation, but also and especially as a sacrificial path of vindication.
The exhibition proposes five different lectures, bearing the name of the five of the most radical women artists of our times, as a methodology through which it is intended to attempt to build the history to being in debt, recognizing the masks that its origins have worn throughout Western history.
In a contemporary that validates all the dynamics that have made the indebtedness of individual lives the condition of their own domination, Maria José Arjona, Regina José Galindo, Silvia Giambrone, Maria Evelia Marmolejo and Mary Zygouri choose the body as the privileged instrument to unveil the disturbing logics by which power takes hold of human nature, denying the fundamental rights enshrined in the 1948 "Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Taking the body as a conceptual tool for the expression of identity and cultural politics, You owe me one shows how of its adaptation infinite are the nuances, wounds and traces.
By transcribing the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" into the language of the body Maria José Arjona creates a suspension in time and space that demands that we pay close attention, as well as blind trust, so that the body can once again connect, rather than divide, and encourage social, political and cultural exchange. In her recovery of the sensible and the intimate relationship with life in a society characterized by a very provisional and personal construction of meaning, Arjona opens to a return to primitive origins, through which it seems that immersion in nature, ritual and the primal rise to objects of a quest, conducted through the body. In this perspective can be read the works of Maria Evelia Marmolejo, who makes the body an ultimate refuge, filling the void of being, caused by the conditions of current existence, and Mary Zygouri, who through the body, and its action, engages and shakes against the violation and mistreatment of physical space. Two other readings come from Silvia Giambrone, who uses body as a response that allows one to feel one's own existence, making others recognize it as well, and Regina José Galindo, who through her own body denounces the condition of imprisonment as a long rite of degradation and humiliation, of dispossession and loss of self-possession.
The use of the body emerges in these artworks as the extreme attempt, of bodies, to be recognized as subjects and metaphorically expresses the phenomenon that, from an individual point of view equal to a collective one, invests everyone's existence: being at fault, being in debt.
The exhibition is accompanied by a critical essay by Elsa Barbieri and will be open until March 9.