Maria Loboda references ancient philosophical texts and beliefs in her exhibition Some weep, some blow flutes, touching upon these texts’ approaches to healing and rejuvenation to draw connections between human hopes and transitions, and restoration and the passage of time.
Some weep, some blow flutes, Maria Loboda’s first solo exhibition in Canada, presents an installation of recent and newly commissioned works that emerge from the artist’s ongoing research on archaeology, healing processes, anthropomorphism and the predynastic era.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to the influential Confucian and Taoist philosophical text by Laozi, Tao Te Ching, the poetic structure of which has elicited many interpretations, beginning from the perspective that a defined path is not the enduring way forward, but rather the importance of remaining attuned to connections. Similarly, the photographs, sculptures and wall drawings presented in the exhibition explore multiple ancient belief systems, connectivity and relationships between the part and the whole. In addition to Tao Te Ching, the Roman-era doctrine of Tetrapharmakos (τετραφάρμακος), a set of recommended remedies to avoid anxiety and heal the soul, is alluded to in You and I are earth (2016), The Long Yawn (2016) and The unattainable original connection (2016); installations that examine attempts to support or heal bodies, minds and objects. Approaches to healing and rejuvenation are further explored in Loboda’s two-sided photographic installation Early Dynastic Period I II III IV V etc. (2016), which highlights perception, human hopes and transitions.