16 October 2021 - 12 January 2022
Artist: Vanessa Enriquez
Curator: Frida Robles
Around the world, the oldest artistic expressions are linked to a spiritual approach and most of them have been discovered inside caves. The cave is a universal archetype of self-reflection and communication with other kingdoms, closely related to the symbol of the "heart". It is a return to the mother's womb, a dark site for initiation into deeper modes of knowledge and existence. Using the heart of the cave as a mythological setting and anchor, Vanessa Enríquez has withdrawn and connected over the past year to the ancestral practices of drawing, singing and ritual using the VHS magnetic tape as a drawing tool, musical instrument and talisman.
A remarkable Zen teaching notes that anyone you meet in life is a teacher - if you allow him to be - the same goes for materials and situations. Every material and every circumstance opens a particular universe to artistic investigation. Following her interest in transdisciplinarity and a deeper impulse to work collectively for healing, Enríquez invited an essayist, singer, sound artist and dancer to join her on a pilgrimage to emptiness in order to go beyond her already expanded approach to drawing. By engaging in different transformation processes: unrolling, hanging, sticking, weaving, sewing, playing, a multiverse of organic shapes and voices has been revealed.
RESOUNDING SONGSmakes the Drawing Lab Paris a space of ritual passage and invites us to replay the millennial entrance of the cave. The exhibition is the fruit of an intense journey in pursuit of silence as the metaphysics of being. It is a humble offering in the form of resonant motifs that seek to reactivate the nurturing, intuitive and empathetic aspects of ourselves.
Curator of the exhibition
PROGRAMMING AROUND THE EXHIBITION
- Tuesday, November 16 — 7:30 p.m.
Performance at the Drawing Lab
Broadening the notions of drawing, choreographer and dancer Ixchel Mendoza Hernández explores the dimension of silence through gesture and form. How does a body mark the coordinates of silence in time and space?
- Saturday, November 20 — 4pm
Drawing workshop at the Cultural Institute of Mexico (119 Rue Vieille du Temple — 75003 Paris)
During this artistic practice workshop, the artist Vanessa Enríquez invites children to discover and explore the possibilities of VHS magnetic tape but also of the voice as a drawing tool. She is experimenting with new ways of using everyday materials to create traces.
- Thursday, December 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Online somatic singing workshop
During a one-hour online workshop dedicated to somatic singing, singer and composer Graciela María invites participants to explore sound and vibrations in order to bring out their voices and experience its healing virtues.
- Wednesday, December 8 — 6pm
Online meeting around the exhibition
The curator Frida Robles invites the artist Vanessa Enríquez, Christine Phal founder of the Drawing Lab and Ingrid Arriaga in charge of exhibitions and pedagogy of the Cultural Institute of Mexico, to discuss contemporary drawing and the forms it takes in the resounding songs exhibition currently presented at the Drawing Lab.
- Drawing Kids
Workshops Every Wednesday and Saturday 23, 30 October and 6 November (All Saints' Day holidays)—3pm to 5pm
Ateliers of artistic practices for children (from 6 years old) at the Drawing Lab.
During a 2-hour workshop, children are invited to visit the RESOUNDING SONGS exhibition and draw in the manner of the artist Vanessa Enríquez. For his exhibition at the Drawing Lab, the artist swapped the pencils for the VHS tape. But what do you draw with a VHS tape? And first, what is this material? Our designers 2.0 will answer all these questions and experiment with a new way of drawing!
THE ARTIST/CURATOR DUO
Vanessa Enriquez was born in 1973 in Mexico City and has lived in Berlin since 2008.
After training in graphic design in Mexico City, she earned a master's degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. The use of drawing as a contemplative and inquisitor practice is at the heart of her work. On the one hand, a technique to explore consciousness through repetitive and rigorous gestures; on the other hand, a method of investigating concepts and phenomena proposed by physics and non-dusal philosophies. With tools ranging from ink to magnetic tape, it deploys geometries, on paper or in space, that refer to the multidimensional nature of reality, recognize the material as well as the immaterial and defy the viewer's perception. She received a research and production grant from the Mexican Art Fund (2017-2020). His work has recently been exhibited in institutions such as the Querétaro Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (2020).
Frida Robles is a Mexican artist and curator. She situates her practice in the philosophy of the essay by emphasizing the specificity of the site. This is an ongoing practice of trial and error. Frida's artistic practice has ranged from public art installations to performances to teXtuel work. She has continued her practice through exhibitions, several artist-in-residence programs, and scholarship programs such as the RAW Academy and fonca's Young Creators Program. A member of the editorial board of the Mexican journal Fractal, Frida is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (with the support of the Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art). In 2018-19, Frida was curator-in-residence at the Clark House Initiative (India) and the previous year she curated an exhibition at the Mexikanisches Kulturinstitut Wien entitled "New Mexican Drawing". She recently completed the A4 Foundation's Connective Conservation Fellowship program, which focuses on contemporary South African art.