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 Using the heart of the cave as a mythological setting and anchor, Vanessa Enríquez has withdrawn and connected over the past year to the ancestral practices of drawing, singing and ritual using the VHS magnetic tape as a drawing tool, musical instrument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 SONGS makes the Drawing Lab Paris a space of ritual passage and invites us to replay the millennial entrance to 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
THE ARTIST/CURATOR DUO
Vanessa Enríquez (b. 1973, Mexico City; lives in Berlin) is a transdisciplinary artist whose work centers on an expanded approach to drawing as a contemplative and inquisitive practice. On the one hand, a technique to explore consciousness through repetitive and rigorous gestures; on the other, a method of investigating concepts and phenomena proposed by physics and non-dual philosophies. With tools ranging from ink to magnetic tape, she unfolds 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.
Enriquez received a BFA in Graphic Design in Mexico City and an MFA from Yale University. She has been awarded grants by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Stiftung Kunstfonds and the FONCA - Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as the Querétaro Museum of Contemporary Art (MACQ) (2019), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (MACO) (2020) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Juan Soriano in Cuernavaca, Mexico (2021).
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 text-based 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 Vienna entitled "New Mexican Drawing". She recently completed the A4 Foundation's Connective Fellowship program, which focuses on South African contemporary art.