MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
Nov 13, 2014 4:43PM

Exhibition: Chromophobia

Curator: Teresa Riccardi

Dates: November 15th, 2014 – March 1st, 2015

Opening: November 15th, 2014, from 5 pm to 7 pm


MACBA presents Chromophobia, an exhibition that brings together works from its collection with the work of invited contemporary artists. The pieces included in this exhibition in black and white occupy the museum's architecture creating a story that cancels the expansive and intangible possibilities of color in order to think of the formal grammar and senses installed by lighting and opaque matter extremes.

Chromophobia brings together works by: Leandro Katz, Horacio Zabala, Lucio Dorr, Silvana Lacarra, Andrés Sobrino, Jorge Miño, Ivana Vollaro, Pablo Accinelli, Nicolás Mastracchio, Marcela Sinclair, Tomás Espina, Matías Duville, Mathieu Mercier, Marcolina Dipierro, Alfio Demestre, Eduardo Basualdo, Guido Yannitto, Erica Bohm, Malena Pizani and Mariano Vilela. Works of the MACBA Collection by Anna Maria Maiolino, Ascânio MMM, Knopp Ferro, João Costa da Silva, Lothar Charoux, Rogelio Polesello, Beto de Volder, Pilar Ferreira, Manuel Álvarez, João Carlos Galvão and Raúl Lozza are also included.

It is a constellation of artists working on pieces that talk about the corporal experience of space, as in the case of Anna Maria Maiolino and Ascânio MMM of Brazil, which inspire and open the bet to other object-based and perceptual dialogues with Argentine artists of the same generation, such as Horacio Zabala and Leandro Katz, or new generations of artists as Eduardo Basualdo, Pablo Accinelli and Marcolina Dipierro. In all cases, their poetics- anchored in the gap between analytical reason and sensorial experience of space and language- suggest a palpable, tactile and visible condition of the body projected or absorbed into the surface of the material and conceptual pieces.

As if they were dissociated from the apparent reality, certain photographic pieces move metaphorically from the earthly to the spectrum, giving spatiality other senses. This is true in the series of photographs by Erica Bohm, Jorge Miño, Guido Yannitto and Leandro Katz, that transport us into a dimension disclosed only by the fictional pact.

Certain gestures, heirs of a formal and conceptual minimalism, dialogue with the MACBA Collection in pieces by Horacio Zabala, Andrés Sobrino, Marcolina Dipierro and Lucio Dorr, compositions that install a narrative space with geometry of minimal units.

The white corporeality is tested by other relationships: Pablo Accinelli, Silvana Lacarra and Ivana Vollaro reduce the image to a minimum in their works, revealing the sensitivity of the materials. Other subsections bodies and cutting materials take shape such as Marcela Sinclair’s intervention performed on a vintage photographs, and pieces of soot on paper with geometrical figures and mandalas of Tomas Espina. The black and white, the paper, the charcoal and the graphite come to life in the imaginary worlds of Matías Duville and abstract pieces by Mariano Vilela, respectively.

In this statement from Chromophobia, perceiving the works and their formal proposal is to see how the use of white and black acquires a specific weight, discursive and poetic gravity that empowers the spatial relationship with the viewer.

MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires