The starting point of ¿Qué es…? – ¿What is…?- are a series of failed expeditions that took place during the last years of the 19th and the first years of the 20th century, whose aim was to crown remote places such as the north and south poles. To this end, Noé Sendas analyzes the diaries and testimonies that referred to spectral presences resulting from hallucinations and were caused by fatigue or hunger; and to optical illusions or mirages caused by atmospheric phenomena.
Sendas has been working since the late 1990s with photomontages, intervened photographs, sculptures and installations that delve into a search for the spectral, the occult and the disconcert which in this case is directly associated with these historical stories. The explorer S. A. Andrée alluded in his diaries during his arctic expedition to a “magnificent Venetian landscape” that he described in great detail; as well as the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who claimed to have felt the presence of a incorporeal being that joined him and his men during the final stretch of his expedition to the Arctic; These visions open the door here to a series of works that relate to presences, absences and the inexplicable; but also of the deterioration of territories unexplored until recently and of the evidence of the end we are approaching.
June 3 – July 29, 2023
Opening Friday, June 2. 7-10 pm
Curated by Ángel Calvo Ulloa
Galería Juan Silió
C/ Dr. Fourquet, 20, 28012. Madrid.
Tuesday – Friday,
11am – 7pm.
11am – 7pm.