Fondazione ICA Milano presents, from Friday 29 September to Saturday 25 November 2023, the exhibition Euforia, a solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Leda Catunda (São Paulo, 1961). The exhibition, curated by Alberto Salvadori, gives the impression of an era, the contemporary one, crossed by continuous uncertainties and tensions, which the artist is called upon to interpret.
Leda Catunda's research has its roots in a visual lexicon that oscillates between mass culture and craftsmanship. The works that the artist creates are characterized by a highly manual approach and translate into real sculptural installations where colours, materials and shapes combine to narrate contemporary society from the artist's point of view.
Leda Catunda explains: “It seems that the most appropriate choice for the artist is to continue to tell the story of his era through his works. As has always happened, in a completely natural way: every form of art and every artist, despite the uncertainty of the intention at the moment of the creation of the work, gives his contribution by nourishing a shared memory, testifying and documenting the longings and desires of his time.”
The exhibition project conceived for Euforia revolves around the work Gotas transparentes (Transparent Drops), created during the period of isolation due to the global pandemic of 2020-2021. The work, which took shape in a historical moment marked by waiting and a suspended time, combines a series of pre-printed elements in the evocation of a tropical landscape inhabited by palm trees, flowers, fruits and animals. The testimony of a specific historical moment mixes with the hope of an ideal future, tinged with purple, red and golden atmospheres and permeated with that euphoria that gives the exhibition its title.