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Image: Carnivalesca – What Painting Might Be

Carnivalesca – What Painting Might Be

Donna Huanca
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
6 March – 2 May 2021

Huanca’s two-dimensional painting practice is fundamentally linked to the performative elements of her oeuvre. Photographs of her performers’ decorated bodies are blown up and transposed to canvas, where they are re-worked with paint. Gesture is enlarged and amplified; the soundlessness of her performances reverberates across her abstract compositions. Featuring new work by Donna Huanca, the group exhibition Carnivalesca at the Kunstverein in Hamburg explores the meaning of carnival and how it has shaped contemporary painting.

Image: TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth Of Wonder

TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth Of Wonder

Donna Huanca
180 The Strand
2 October - 8 December, 2019

The Store X The Vinyl Factory presents a new group show, including Donna Huanca at 180 The Strand this October.

Curated by Jefferson Hack, TRANSFORMER opens on Tuesday, October 2 as part of Frieze London, and features newly commissioned and debut works by Doug Aitken, Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Donna Huanca, Juliana Huxtable, Evan Ifekoya, Dozie Kanu, Quentin Lacombe, Lawrence Lek, Jenn Nkiru, Chen Wei and Harley Weir & George Rouy.

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Image: Donna Huanca, AMYLOPLAST, 2019

Photography: Matthias Kolb

Image: Donna Huanca: LENGUA LLORONA Catalogue

Donna Huanca: LENGUA LLORONA Catalogue

Donna Huanca

Following Donna Huanca's solo exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary, the LENGUA LLORONA catalogue is now available. 

The publication was produced by Peres Projects with Copenhagen Contemporary and includes texts by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn and Vi Payaboon, with a forward by Marie Nipper. 

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Image: Donna Huanca: OBSIDIAN LADDER


Donna Huanca
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
28 June – 1 December, 2019

In June 2019 the Marciano Art Foundation will present OBSIDIAN LADDER, the first large-scale solo exhibition in the United States by Donna Huanca. Huanca’s site-specific installation for MAF’s 13,000-square-foot Theater Gallery will reveal a new topography of triggered senses, combining sound, scent, and live performance.

OBSIDIAN LADDER will challenge the space of the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple as a site of projected male power. In a series of regular performances taking place throughout the five-month run of the exhibition, painted femme models will inhabit the Theater Gallery as part of a direct intervention of a space formerly relegated to a secret order of men.

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Image: Donna Huanca, MUŠḪUŠŠU, 2018

Photo credit: Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and Peres Projects, Berlin

Image: Donna Huanca: LENGUA LLORONA


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.

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