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Endless Openness produces circles

Rita Ponce de Leon In collaboration with Pablo Pérez Palacios 02. Feb 2014 –30. Mar 2014 Kunsthalle Basel Curatorship: Curaduría: Adam Szymczyk Assistant curator: Fabian Schöneich

In our curiosity to understand space and how bodies relate to it, we collaborated with Rita Ponce de Leon (Peru, 1982), a visual artist who focuses mainly on the exploration of connections and conversations between different realities through drawing and installation. Her starting point is the assumption that images are capable of communicating something real if they are based on genuine life experience and the knowledge generated by a particular event.

In collaboration with Pablo Pérez Palacios, this intention was translated into space. More specifically, how space affects relationships. When one spends time with people, one also shares a space with them, breathes the same air, and uses the same objects. A dialogue is established even before any verbal exchange begins. This collaboration gave us the opportunity to take this relation out of our traditional framework and explore new perspectives, too.

...The willingness to immerse oneself in this environment leads to the openness the artist here endeavors to address. The construction of two large intersecting aluminium frames protruding outside the window in the last gallery is mirrored inside the gallery by similar frames extending from the window. The door-window thus multiplied also multiplies the views one can experience, and elaborates the openness of the window as such. The visitor is moreover invited to change the frames’ position inside the gallery and thus to modify the view from the window...

...The combination of the light medium with an equally discreet exhibition architecture invites the KUNSTHALLE visitors to involve and integrate themselves, to connect with their vis-à-vis, to give their emotions full scope, and to reflect on what they have experienced and what they would like to remember....

Fabian Schöneich, Assistant Curator