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DEVOURING LOVERS by EVA FÀBREGAS at HAMBURGER BAHNHOF – NATIONALGALERIE DER GEGENWART curated by ANNA-CATHARINA GEBBERS [from 20230706 to 20240114]
[Photos: Jacopo La Forgia] [Courtesy Eva Fàbregas, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart]
What are the limitations of desire? How can a feeling be transmitted through and with objects? These are some of the fundamental questions that Eva Fàbregas explores through her work. For her largest solo exhibition to date, the Barcelona-based artist has created a monumental installation that she conceived especially for Hamburger Bahnhof’s main historical hall. Flesh-like sculptures wind around the hall’s metal girders, like devouring lovers, creating a surreal impression of organs growing from metal. Slight vibrations animate some of the seventy sculptures reinforcing the impression of tentacles. The entire hall becomes a breathing organism where the boundaries between the technologically generated and the human / non-human worlds blur.
Working with soft and malleable materials, Eva Fàbregas’ work embraces tactile engagement, physical intimacy, and sensorial relations, where touch is a primary source of knowledge. Her work is about learning through one’s fingers and the sculptures are often reminiscent of body organs and voluptuous glands, but she also looks at prosthetics as well as non-human life forms such as corals, polyps and the reproductive parts of plants. Fàbregas aims to fully inhabit the world of the senses, creating sculptures that invoke a pre-linguistic stage to imagine other possible bodies, other ways of feeling, caring and being in the world.
Curator: Anna-Catharina Gebbers
Conservation: Leonie Samland
Art Handling and Exhibition Construction: Flat Mountain Production (F.M.P.), Kruse AT, EMart
Breathing Engineering: Benjamin Maus, Constantin Engelmann
Eva Fàbregas Studio: Carolina Jiménez, Heura Penella, Lola Mesalles, Huaqian Zhang, Lara Cuevas
Exhibition Graphics: Eps51
Exhibition Labeling: Annette Herwegh
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Freunde der Nationalgalerie and Marc Müller.
[Text: Anna-Catharina Gebbers]
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