Marcela Calderón Andrade’s solo show “Enchura” at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland is almost invisible at first sight. It consists of threads of dandelion seeds hanging from the ceiling of the exhibition space.
Official description: “The intersection of biology and geometry, as well as the conception of life as a circular process, are central tropes in Calderón Andrade’s practice. In –Enchura–, seventeen threads of dandelion seeds mark the intersections of seven imaginary circles, which structure the installation in a diamond-like shape which is functioning as a portal to some form of invisible knowledge. Unlike other plants, the dandelion does not require pollination to reproduce, but rather entrusts the wind as a messenger with the genetic information for its proliferation.”
The exhibition runs until September 25, 2022.
Marcela Calderón Andrade: Enchura / Kunsthalle Bern (Bern, Switzerland). Opening, August 19, 2022.
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Marcela Calderón Andrade’s exhibition –Enchura– is part of Kunsthalle Bern’s project “7 Winds”. 7 Winds is an open-ended curatorial project that started on March 4, 2022 and will end on May 28, 2023. The title derives from a story we once heard on the seven names given to winds in Senslerdeutsch, a Swiss German dialect: names that, together with the dialect itself, are gradually disappearing.
7 Winds will look at different aspects of languages, particularly the loss of concepts in vernacular languages and the implication of translation on meaning and feeling. Could we still feel a particular wind once we can no longer name it? The project was initiated by Kabelo Malatsie, who invited Camilla Paolino and Julia Künzi to join her.