From 17 July to 23 September, the MANN hosts the exhibition "Orogenesi / Orogenesis" by Juliana Cerqueira Leite, a young Brazilian artist who, for the first time, exhibits her works in a European museum.
The culmination of a two-year research, the path is composed of sculptures and photographs: Cerqueira Leite, as a whole creative process, re-imagines the human body through acts of transformation, creating a subtle choreography that emphasizes, through movements and gestures, the strength of the body itself and the reaction of the materials on which it acts.
The starting point of "Orogenesi" are the casts found in Pompeii in the nineteenth century: the casts represent the contraction of bodies exposed to the violence of the eruption and blocked in what is comparable, from the scientific point of view, to the "boxing position" .
Cerqueira Leite finds, in the position of the victims of the tragedy of Pompeii, two symmetries with contemporary culture: first of all, the artist refers to the "contraction", a step in the modern dance technique conceived by Martha Graham; still, the sculptures and the photographic work of "Orogenesi" connect these figurative references to the standard position of the body in the absence of gravity described by NASA; the pose of an individual in antigravity conditions, in fact, appears identical both to that of the casts of Pompeii, and to the "contraction" of modern dance.
The exhibition is curated by Nadim Samman and Michele Iodice. The production of the works on display was made possible by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with ALMA ZEVI (Venice, Italy) and with the Juliana Cerqueira Leite Exhibition Circle.