Josefina Anjou ~ Renata de Bonis ~ Pep Vidal

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Amsterdam, NL


15th February ~ 23th February 2020

Over the past months that we have been talking about this show works and ideas have been traveling via emails, overlapping and feeding back into each other, raising excitement and ending in exclamation marks.

Some of the works that will be present in the space relate to the idea that a friend told me once: they are understandable as a phrase, but you still have to make them. I guess they are close to the very traditional understanding of conceptual art but come a few years later. Other works have tried to put the mind to rest, removing brainwork and perhaps activating something else. And still, on paper all of them deal with similar topics, like systems in nature, being able to see the two sides of the coin at the same time. Or maybe three.

There is a hypothesis that if you fold a sheet of paper 103 times you will reach outside of the observable universe. Apparently, the maximum amount of times that you can fold a sheet of paper is 7. In some videos I have seen, at the moment of the 8th fold, the paper explodes due to a component of the paper called calcium carbonate. This substance is added into the paper mix at the mill to make the finished product more opaque and stiff, and because of this, the stress applied when folding becomes too much for the mineral. The folding that has happened during our conversations has meant that some pieces appeared as a response to others, and maybe some of those aren’t shown but are still present. It is in these overlaps and connections where I have found really magical things happening in this process, and it has revealed that at the core Josefina, Renata and Pep are working with very similar subjects.

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Setting Sun, 2018

Plastic bags retrieved from Brazilian supermarket 'SOL'

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Interval, 2020

Cyanotype on thread, exposed to moonlight (from 17h50 to 07h50, the interval of darkness of the day before the opening), hand embroidery on the existing curtains of the space

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Interval, 2020

Cyanotype on thread, exposed to moonlight (from 17h50 to 07h50, the interval of darkness of the day before the opening), hand embroidery on the existing curtains of the space

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Sombra, 2020-

Audio piece

Sombra it's a soundscape composed from the appropriation and compilation of a series of preexisting sound fragments. The appropriate fragments are all derived from countless horror films throughout history, more specifically from the zombie genre. The selected excerpts intend, in their respective films, to represent nocturnal and supposedly silent landscapes through the use of artifices and effects common to cinematographic languages, such as the use of "natural" sounds emitted by insects, such as crickets, or even other animals, such as owls, and also by sound resources such as the noise of the wind or the rustle of leaves and tree branches.

Finally, I selected countless excerpts from these countless films that intend to portray the concept of night, and I ended up compiling this material in a file lasting a complete night, from sunset to sunrise.

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