This Way and Tension at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

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Three Costa Rican artists, three generations, three research processes, in a single project. “This Way” is the new exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC), which will be open to the public until the end of October 2020.

Rossella Matamoros, Javier Calvo and Lucía Howell, are the artists who present thematic proposals such as space, territory, politics, history and institutionality; making the performance action the language with which the observer takes an active role in the sample.

MADC curator Daniel Soto Morúa explained that this exhibition “is an exploration of various curatorial and exhibition models, in which artists, works and audiences interact in order to enrich their professions, their languages ​​and their experience during this visit. MADC is committed to a curatorial model that encourages interaction between artists of different generations, seeking mediation between them, their works and the various audiences that visit the institution. ”

A long scroll evoking ancient manuscripts, but with an urban and street treatment, falls from the ceiling of Room 1 and questions visitors about the way in which Costa Ricans understand their history and exercise citizenship. This is the result of several years of research by Rossella Matamoros (1960), an artist with 30 years of experience and more than 135 exhibitions.

Matamoros assured that “the installation project: Do we see ourselves in the mirror? Do we defend institutionality ?, included in ‘This Way’, is part of a broader investigation that I have been conducting on development and human rights in Costa Rica. It is a obligatoria mandatory reflection ’on the current situation in our country through many questions that are asked of the viewer. For these purposes, I interviewed dozens of people for almost three years. ”

On the other hand, the group of works by Javier Calvo (1981), which are also part of “This Way”, will turn the viewer into a participant. Some paintings make up -or not- a sequence, similar to those used in the psychometric tests used in recruitment processes; while three-dimensional works bring into play the power roles of visitors.

Based on geometric abstraction, Calvo aims at the viewer, who will be able to appreciate the work from two positions: aesthetic-contemplative or, challenging the visitor to solve the riddles with an aesthetic-participatory relationship.

On the west side of Room 1, there will be a simple but invasive work, a space for visitors to integrate into the MADC space and experiment with their bodies sensorially, as will the youngest artist in the sample, Lucía Howell ( 1992). She started her career a few years ago and is a MADC bet on young talent. During the exhibition, the artist explained, “I am going to be working on experimentations and plastic works around a set of translations between visual, sound and body language. I’m going to work on exercises and facility production. ”

“This exhibition has represented a challenge for the Museum from its curatorial vision; for artists, when it comes to sharing and dialogue in the same space; And it will be also for the public, because the artists will make them question many questions. It has been very enriching to work together, especially at this time that we have all been forced to change our way of working and expressing ourselves due to the pandemic; This will also be reflected in the exhibition and in the mediation activities that we will be offering ”, concludes the curator, Daniel Soto.


La Sala 1.1 mantendrá la exposición “Tensión”, de la artista guatemalteca Ana Werren, la cual llevaba pocos días de inaugurada cuando se decretó la emergencia nacional.

Sobre la exposición, Soto comentó que, “para Ana Werren, el cuerpo es un campo de interacciones que transforma -como consecuencia del movimiento- al espacio que lo rodea. Bajo esta premisa, experimenta con su propio cuerpo y lo lleva al límite de tensiones físicas y estéticas. La artista utiliza su cuerpo para adueñarse de él, controlarlo, manipularlo, colonizarlo y finalmente, convertirlo en objeto de autoconocimiento y empoderamiento desde la femineidad individual”.


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