danh vō and haegue yang - enchanted bodies / fetish for freedom
This is the 15th edition of the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi per l’Arte – EnterPrize, an important international art award dedicated to curators aged under 30. Since its establishment, through development of exhibition projects, the award has spotlighted the key role and significance of the curatorial figure on the international art scene.
Enchanted Bodies / Fetish for Freedom is the brainchild of Bernardo Mosqueira, founder and director of the independent Solar dos Abacaxis space in Rio de Janeiro. An international panel of judges selected the exhibition proposal in May 2017, deeming it to “reflect profound changes in contemporary society while reading the exhibition space in an absolutely innovative and unusual way, placing the visitor at the centre of an active experience, interacting with the works of many artists”.
This exhibition arises from the epistemology and cosmovision of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion, which sees the profound influence objects may have on people and their surroundings, the exhibition explores human ability to create objects that generate new freedom and strength, highlighting the capacity typical of the migrant body to generate and communicate its culture within a country other than that of its origins, at the same time becoming a user of the culture with which it comes into contact.