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IEA and ZiF promote the exhibition "Grace at the boundary of knowledge" at the MariAntonia Center

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 06, 2022 04:10 PM - - last modified Aug 11, 2022 02:13 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Beatriz Herminio

Banner GraceThe exhibition Grace at the boundary of knowledge, by artist Sandra Boeschenstein, will be inaugurated at the University of São Paulo's MariAntonia Cultural Center on August 6, at 11:00 am. With free admission, it will run until November 20 and will be open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday and on holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. At the opening, at 12:00 pm, there will be a conversation between the artist and the Brazilian curator.

Curated by Martin Grossmann (Institute of Advanced Studies at USP) and Britta Padberg, former executive director at Bielefeld University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), the exhibition showcases an "unregulated encounter of things, images, and words that unleashes the qualities and potentials of media." Boeschenstein's attention is focused on these transitions and on the ways of experiencing them. According to the organizers, "the exhibition is a continuum of intertwined gestures, placing the act of perception at the center and making visible the dynamic nature of meanings."

"In this case, the MariAntonia Cultural Center becomes an interactive extension of this interdisciplinary platform that is the IEA-USP by providing the ambience and the necessary complementarity for its realization. This partnership, whether with MariAntonia or with the ZIF, further enhances this ambitious mission of fostering encounters of different cultures, knowledges, disciplines, and practices that the IEA has been carrying out throughout its 35 years of life," explains Grossmann.

Whether for her singular investment in the language of drawing in expanded mode or for her remarkable participations in other institutes for advanced study in Europe, interacting in equivalence with scientists and intellectuals of different matrices, Sandra Boeschenstein provokes reactions and questionings of the most diverse forms with her daring drawings.

Grace at the boundary of knowledge establishes a kind of game with the visitor. However, the pieces, the board (the spatiality), the rules, and the references are not objectively delineated. Warning: the experience causes strangeness, displacement, and questioning, all fundamental to the updating and expansion of knowledge.

The activity is a cooperation between the ZiF and the IEA. Support is provided by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, IEA's research group Fórum Permanente, and USP's Office of the Provost for Culture and Extension (PRCEU).

The artist

Sandra Boeschenstein is a visual artist who lives and works in Zurich. She has studied Philosophy and Art History at the University of Zurich for a year and graduated as an artist from the University of Arts in Bern in 1995.

Through drawing, she proposes to seek knowledge and analyze the interaction between perception and thought, exploring the border between tangible and intangible, between image and language, and between information and poetry. Over the past few years, Boeschenstein has expanded her drawing on paper to drawings on walls, in which she arranges real objects that relate to the images and lines in space.

“When is something and how does it accrue meaning? How do the situation, the image, and language touch each other? What is the appearance of a knowledge beckoning between material, picture, and language and that cannot be further extracted? Bringing light into darkness is simpler than darkness into light. The boundary of knowledge forms in the hierarchy-free play of these two actions. This is work with both the constructing and the decaying energies of meanings”
Sandra Boeschenstein

Grace at the boundary of knowledge
August 6 - November 20
Free of charge
Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

MariAntonia Center - Joaquim Nabuco Building
Address: Rua Maria Antônia, 258, Vila Buarque - São Paulo, SP
Near subway stations: Higienópolis (Yellow line) and Santa Cecília (Red line)

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