firstsite, Colchester

17 May 2005 - 4 February 2006

Nostalgia of the Body presents new work by María Ezcurra, Carla Guagliardi and Priscilla Monge.

The exhibition was conceived as a homage to the subtle, but undeniable, influence of the ideas of leading Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920-1988) on many contemporary artists from Latin America. Clark Developed a unique practice geared towards providing opportunities for participation of the individual in the work of art, downgrading the status of art objects and privileging experience; all still paramount concerns of current art practice.

The works in Nostalgia of the Body are inhabited by the same spirit of experimentation and self exploration found in Clark’s working methods. Furthermore, they invite us to navigate them with a sense of adventure. Their material qualities are intrinsically associated with the everyday, and their formal makeup with what Maurice Merleau-Ponty would call a ‘permanent condition of experience, a constituent of the perceptual openness to the world’, recalling the body either by scale, interactivity or association


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