Donna Huanca
Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
22 March - 01 September, 2019

LENGUA LLORONA is Donna Huanca’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Presented as a site-specific multimedia installation, Huanca brings together painting, sculpture, scent, sound, and performance. The exhibition is organised as coherent organic landscape of islands made of bone-white sand and populated by sixteen monumental oil paintings, which are presented with a series of totem-like steel sculptures.

During the exhibition period, a series of eight performances will activate the exhibition. The models, as Huanca calls her performers, are decorated with paint, pigment, and textiles. Like living paintings, they populate the installation leaving physical body marks on the floor and walls, thus producing a lasting transformation of the space. The models’ movements and interaction with the space create a moment of intense presence. To Huanca, these performances constitute a central point of tension in her work. The installation is brought to life and exists momentarily as a cyclical microcosmic circuit of organic relations between body and surroundings.

Donna Huanca’s practice is rooted in an aesthetic and philosophical examination of the biochemical heritage and cultural history of the body. Taking her point of departure in the skin as the largest organ but also as a surface, membrane, and cultural communicator, she explores the human bodily cognition via the senses.

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Live performance dates:
1) Thursday 21 March from 17:30-21:00, Opening
2) Friday 22 March from 11:00-13:00 &15:00-18:00
3) Friday 26 April from 11:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00
4) Saturday 27 April from 11:00-13:00 &15:00-18:00
5) Thursday 23 May from 18:00-21:00
6) Friday 24 May from 11:00-13:00
7) Saturday 22 June from 14:00-18:00
8) Saturday 31 August from 14:00-18:00

Installation View: Donna Huanca, LENGUA LLORONA, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2019