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until 14. December, 2023
Closed fists, open wrists
Closed fists, open wrists is Carolina Serrano's second solo exhibition at Galerie Alex Serra. Here, the rigidity of black, present in the sculptures of her first exhibition, gives way to the innocent purity of white without, however, losing the aggressiveness that is imbued in her work. For this exhibition, the artist has been working on the concept of violence (present in her work through pointed shapes, thorns, spikes) concealed in white bodies which are, at at first glance, harmless. Because of this apparent contradiction, these bodies are disguised and polarized - weapon-bodies - that both show innocence and, at a second glance, repel us.
Carolina Serrano's sculptures in this exhibition suggest vegetable bodies, bulbs that haven't yet flowered or thorny plants, but her wax bodies - the material that most closely resembles the texture and temperature of human skin - brings them closer to a human condition.
The concepts of duality, polarity, violence and innocence, good and evil are used by the artist in her attempt to understand what it is to be human.
Exhibition view. Closed fists, open wrists. Galerie Alex Serra, Cologne, 2023
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