Exhibition

Insilio

6 Apr 2019 – 5 May 2019

Event times

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm

Cost of entry

free admission

Elijah Wheat Showroom

New York
New York, United States

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Elijah Wheat Showroom is pleased to present INSILIO, an exhibition of photographs and poetry by Osmel Portuondo Azcuy and Diego Guerra Hérnandez, curated by Anne Luther.

About

The works present the concept of INSILIO, an introspection from anxiety caused by nostalgia and disenchantment with society. The photographs show a deeply personal view on the mundane passing of time in a space that one can not escape.

Diego Guerra writes ‘Insilio is the opposite of exile, it is a confinement within oneself due to the anxiety for not having a certain future. Since you have not seen a way to travel inward. In this same work the artist can get lost in the shadows of his own being. Obliged to break the limits established by society, for example, living on an island with four points, the terminals, and the sea on all sides. That would be the closure in a superlative way; But if you do not respond to the context where you live, you can welcome and discover in society, always starting from you to expand the map. Silence empowers this restlessness, this despair due to uncertainty.’

Omphaloskepsis, the excessive contemplation of oneself, looking at oneself without considering the gaze the of other is an element that leads the process of the works of Diego Guerra. “I use myself as a puppet of the lens and I do not give it my face at all, I prefer to blur my body to create a new sense of what we are as humans, from independence and introspection.” Time passes slowly when he looks at himself, from different angles and other perspectives and switches to the fast decision to keep this one moment by  pressing the camera timer, leaving the context behind the camera when his body becomes form in the photograph. He seems to be caught in a “Present Continuous Past(s)”.

Osmel Azcuy lives with the concept of flow. Time, the elements, love and spirituality flow in a constant interplay. He captures particular facets in their flow and sees the mundane, the everyday through an emotional and spiritual eye that guides him. Through his photographs he connects to the elements of this earth with a guidance of his annectors. His grandfather was a great photographer and passed is artistry onto him. When he takes his photographs, they fuse and connect. His photographs encompass the present with the guidance of the past.  

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Curators

Anne Luther

Exhibiting artists

Osmel Portuondo Azcuy

Diego Guerra Hérnandez

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