Opening 5 February 2015
In collaboration with Carmen Maín, Edoardo Tresoldi and Despina Charitonidi Produced by RexRomae
When animals stop acting like animals. When humans tame humans and keep themselves away from their own instincts. When technology brings us to a reality where every day grows farther and farther away from the beginning. Overwhelmed by an awareness of our own mortality, we try to beat nature for fear of its uncontrollable essence. We tame everything we encounter, even traces of the purest animality still living inside us. We want to leave a legacy, to achieve immortality through artificiality. Domestication of the natural world, the animal, and the human, which were once the same but are now very removed from their primal interactions. The tradition of animals being more than meat to us, more than leather or horns, vanishes with the rise of technology and market economy. Acting through fear, we demand to control and predict everything. We need supremacy, and the belief that we have achieved it. A simple and naïve human delusion, since nature is, after all, indomitable. We envy what is wild, unpredictable, and the freedom that follows. However, it is what we fear that fascinates us and so we decide to subdue it, keep it in a cage and observe it from the outside. We choose to live in captivity. Artificiality prevails, life ends.
Next February artist Gonzalo Borondo will present “ANIMAL”, the biggest exhibition of his work to date. Visiting the exhibition, you will start a sensory path where you will discover various predicaments of the relationship between human beings and nature. The journey comprises eight thematic spaces. Apart from his characteristic painting style and imagery, Borondo explores this confict with the help of three fellow artists, resulting in a variety of techniques and views. The exhibition includes video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and Despina Charitonidi (GR). The exhibition is curated and produced by RexRomae and will open on 5 February in Londonewcastle Project Space, Shoreditch (London).