Ad ampio respiro
by Bea McMahon, Caterina Silva and Vera Pravda
The ethereal element weaves the fil rouge of the exhibition, becoming body-breath in the works on show.
Breath takes on an installation form and a presence in the space, involving visitors in an experience of osmosis in which their own breaths and those of the works give lungs to the space, and vice versa.
The works, like megaphones of vital breaths, show the link between man, environment and art, through the ethereal.
This is something only apparently invisible behind the concreteness of reality, but it is always near and part of us.
The title of the exhibition conceptually includes the expression - used in literature, art and music - to mean a breadth of vision and vastness of conception, an intention that will increasingly accompany the gallery in the realisation of its new architectural project and exhibition programme.
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Red cabbage, beetroot, vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, wine, paper, string, thread and computer fan on timer - 2021
mixed media on canvas, 200x152 cm
mixed media on canvas, 140x200 cm
O (throat), 2020
mixed media on canvas, 150x200 cm
anti-pollution painting on canvas, 200x200 cm, 2019
In through the nose, out through the mouth
performance by Bea McMahon in collaboration with Caterina Silva
A performance with props that tie together language and smells. In this extract we witness a politician wrestling with her emotions and sense of failure.