At the entrance to the gallery, a neon sign in Cyrillic alphabet that says: I see the Earth. This phrase was spoken by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, when the Soviet cosmonaut became the first human being to travel through space and see the planet from the outside. At that moment it became clear that the Earth is a unique sphere in which we are all together and, therefore, it is important to live in harmony. It is with this perception that the Colombian artist Santiago Reyes Villaveces invites the spectator to explore cosmic sympathy, your individual Casanova gallery.
Based on Stoic cosmology, which defends a virtuous and harmonious world necessarily linked to the will of nature, Santiago defined the concept of “cosmic sympathy” relating everything we experience together, with another person, with nature, and even with the universe. . In this sense, cosmos, gravity, energy and all kinds of negotiations (political or biological) are connected.
the view from Earth from the Moon as an event that is more than scientific, but essentially political, as a starting point it is therefore accurate. In the second room, it is possible to see another revealing work: a meticulous graphite drawing of a piece of moonstone.
In 1973, Richard Nixon distributed fragments of the moon brought by the Apollo 17 mission to several countries. Brazil, then chaired by Emílio Médici, received two fractions: one was destroyed in the fire at the National Museum and the other is at Urcamp (University of the Region of Campaign), in Rio Grande do Sul. Before the tragedy, however, the artist managed to make the drawing present in the exhibition from the National Museum fragment – the work becomes, therefore, not only a witness of the political gesture, but also a memory of lunar gravity. “With an attentive eye, the work incites a provocation and questioning about the entire context of international diplomacy and colonial legacies in the context of space exploration”, ponders the curatorial text.
In the next room, a sculpture, also in graffiti, of an eardrum reminds us of the importance of understanding our own internal forces and those that move us, since it is our sensory organ of gravity. It is also worth noting the lunar drawings, one positive and the other negative, which mimic a photograph taken in Brazil in 1919: the image that recorded the lunar eclipse that proved the theory of relativity.
Another highlight is the installation composed of eggs also made of graphite. O egg is the essence of life, the simplest form created by attractive or gravitational forces. Arranged on the gallery floor, they can also be related to a starry sky or occupied by various comets or planets. “Eggs remind us of the simplicity of our body, they are objects that connect everything and contain everything. And, in a way, these eggs contain all the drawings in the exhibition, since the principle of drawing is the line that, in turn, was formed by the succession of dots. In this way, the eggs are small dots made of graphite.” concludes the artist.