Crystal Clear

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Ranging from almost perfect transparency to complete opacity, crystals have been used in all areas of human activity, from science to magic, from technology to healing. Scientists typically describe crystals as “growing”, even though in their eyes they are not alive. Many living organisms are able to produce crystals. In ancestral cultures, crystals and minerals are regarded as sentient, constituting a perfect example of the fluid and porous boundaries between the animate and inanimate, organic and inorganic. Taking crystals as a point of departure, the exhibition goes beyond their emblematic use. Rather it aims to develop an ecosystem with diverse entanglements of the production, display, and recycling of the artistic, curatorial, and institutional work. Interested in the imperfect contaminated transparencies of crystals and opacities of the soil, the project’s pre-Covid-19 stage critically intersected with ideas from two books, “Down to Earth” by Bruno Latour and “The Transparency Society” by Byung-Chul Han. However, the pandemic shi­ed and bent many of the initial questions, which moved en masse into public discussions, providing new perspectives and points of view. Working through today’s conditions, Crystal Clear offers the artists the possibility of engaging with these and other current mutations of our environment, seen through the crystalline optics. The catalog accompanying the exhibition features the curatorial text of Elena Sorokina, Bruno Latour's article invitinge the reader to review the changing habits after the pandemic, an essay by the art historian Spyros Papapetros on the structure and vitality of crystals, and the artist Katy'daya Catitu Tayassu’s article that reads crystals from an animist and inter-sensory perspective, establishing connections between the subjectivity of the artists and the sensitivities of the crystals. Finally, descriptions and images of the works of the artists participating in the exhibition are presented.

Publication Date: 2020
Number of Pages: 183
ISBN: 978-605-4642-92-2

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