“I think when you’re in the dark, it’s around you and when you’re outside in the sun, it’s your shadow,” one child offers. “I think it’s in your toenail,” says another. “I think it’s surrounding you to sometimes help you from falling,” a third opines. Others suggest that it comes from Mars or can foresee the future.
The answers, peppered with laughs and ums that evidence both play and serious thought, are creative, hilarious, and moving—but also incredibly perceptive. As part of the exhibition’s education program, Martín and members of the museum staff pose the same question to their child visitors.
“They have a whole new range of responses,” Martín explains of their reaction. “In asking them the same question, we hope it continues Mendieta’s project, which at its core, privileges children’s intelligence.”