Beatriz Esguerra Art has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of L´Objet Trouvé, a solo show of works by Colombian artist Elsa Zambrano.
Zambrano´s artistic process has been highly influenced by the writings of André Malraux. Within his notion of the imaginary museum, Malraux wrote that museums, in their act of containing objects, implicitly changed the essence of said pieces. Once exhibited within the museum space, a shift incurs between the viewer and the object, resulting in a novel dialogue between the two.
The same occurs in Elsa Zambrano´s assemblages. She highlights the works of prominent artists from within the art historical canon using an array of found objects, and as a result, the viewer comes to appreciate a unique encounter between said pieces thanks to their placement within her boxes. Each of her assemblages becomes, in effect, a museum in itself.
This exhibition will also feature the series Ex Votos, a compilation of her latest work that revolves around the Divine Child, a 20th century religious wooden statue of the child Jesus, and one of Colombia’s most important religious icons. In these pieces, Zambrano places a miniature replica of the Divine Child with postcards of important works of art, inserting the writings of Malraux in the background of each assemblage.
The tradition of ex votos, identified as early as the Neolithic age, has been appropriated by different religions and cultures throughout history. Ex votos, or votive offerings, were objects displayed or deposited primarily for religious purposes in order to thank or gain favor from deities or supernatural forces. With this same sense of appropriation, Zambrano references the spiritual sensation of respect, admiration and emotion that she herself feels when encountering works of art in a museum.
This show will exhibit 28 assemblages from her series The Imaginary Museum, and 56 small boxes of collage and assemblage from her most recent series Ex Votos.