Solo Exhibition Mónica Espínosa
Curatorial Projecto – Cultural center of Cali – Yohanna M Roa
“The mallards do not intend to leave their reflection, nor does the water plan to receive their image.”
Life moves passes constantly and without stopping, the whole and the nothing are built and destroyed in the same act, often without spectators. We tend to believe that we are aware of the changes and transformations of ourselves and the environment, that we can witness the universe as if we were the center of existence, forgetting the fragility with which we are immersed in the vital event that gives operation to the whole.
Mónica Espinosa presents in this exhibition a sign, documents what is impossible to see simultaneously: there is a panel in the middle of the exhibition room with two projections one on each side of the panel. On one side we observe a space where a series of objects are in a “rest” position, on the other side of the panel we see the same objects after having changed that “original position”. Something or someone generated a movement, an event that we do not see but the image shows our impossibility of intervening or knowing, how? or why? This movement occurred.
Around the room we also see a series of 16 photographs taken of the tripods that document the events, we cannot star, nor be the center of what happens, we can only observe without opposing or approving. If on one side of the panel we see the photograph of space, we cannot simultaneously see the projection that is on the other side. But if we visualize the Tripods that become witnesses of these brief compositions apparently separated by our gesture when trying to observe them on each side of the panel.
The mallards do not intend to leave their reflection on the water, they swim, float on it, the water does not think to receive its image either, the mallards and the water produce a perhaps involuntary image, they coexist and their activities intersect and affect each other. Likewise, Mónica Espinosa presents this piece where each side of the panel and the tripods coexist, affect each other and locate us as an element that is part of this apparently indifferent encounter. There is no chaos just untold stays.