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Elena del Rivero: My Friends And Other Animals II
15 Dec 2021 - 12 Feb 2022
Marina González Guerreiro, Benditeras, 2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

General installation view: Mónica Vlaneciano, Regina Fiz Santos and Fina Miralles.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Mónica Valenciano, Untitled (detail), 2021. Drawings, variable dimensions.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Mónica Valenciano, Untitled (detail), 2021. Drawings, variable dimensions.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Saelia Aparicio, Bionic Super Abuela, 2019.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Fina Miralles and Saelia Aparicio.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Fina Miralles (detail), 1975

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Unicorn by the River after Rebecca Horn, Unicorn (1970-1972) (Einhorn), 2016.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Saelia Aparicio, Plants, beasts and relatives (detail), 2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Claudia Wieser, Untitled, 2014 & 2016

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Claudia Wieser

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Regina Fiz Santos, David Hammons' Hood, atravessada por un sonho travesti, 2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Regina Fiz Santos, David Hammons' Hood, atravessada por un sonho travesti (detail), 2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del RIvero, Domestic Assemblage, 2012-2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Regina Fiz Santos, Unicorn and the Saint after Rebecca Horn, Unicorn (1970-1972) (Einhorn), 2016.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Lili Dujourie, Hommage à (I,II,III,IV,V), 1972

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Justine Kurland and Lili Dujourie

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Justine Kurland, Origin, Mine, 2016.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Justine Kurland, Origin, Backside, 2017.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Lili Dujourie, Hommage à (I,II,III,IV,V), 1972

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Marina González Guerreiro, Benditera XIII, 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Marina González Guerreiro, Benditera XIII, 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Marina González Guerreiro, Palmito, 2021

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Patricia Esquivias

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Patricia Esquivias (detail)

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Patricia Esquivias (detail)

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del Rivero, Letter from Home (Dishcloth 4, 12 & Folded 1), 2014-2016.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Regina Fiz Santos, Elena del Rivero, Nona Faustine.
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My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Nona Faustine, African American Princess, 2012.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Regina Fiz Santos, 1- After Valie Export's Action Pants: Genital Panic, 2009

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Nona Faustine, Champion, 2011 y Reborn, 2008.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Nona Faustine, Reborn (detail), 2008.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Installation view: Elena del Rivero

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del Rivero, #177 Large Domestic Landscape, 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del Rivero, #49 Large Domestic Landscape (detail), 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del Rivero, #31 Large Domestic Landscape (detail), 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Elena del Rivero, Love Song #33, 2012.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Claudia Pagès, 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Marina González Guerreiro, Benditera LVII, 2021.

My Friends and Other Animals II,
Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 15.12.2021-12.02.2022

Travesía Cuatro is pleased to announce the opening of My Friends and Other Animals II, a project by Elena del Rivero with Saelia Aparicio, Pepa Balsach, Lili Dujourie, Patricia Esquivias, Nona Faustine, Marina González Guerreiro, Justine Kurland, Regina Fiz Santos, Fina Miralles, Claudia Pagès, Mónica Valenciano and Claudia Wieser.

 

“I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”

Donna Haraway 

“Alice: And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

 

The title of the exhibition para-cites “My family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell, which I read in my youth and which gave me enormous pleasure. The first edition of My Friends and Other Animals took place in 2016 when Travesía Cuatro invited me to hold my first exhibition; in order to feel more accompanied for this first presentation, I proposed to do it surrounded by artist friends. Upon receiving Travesía Cuatro’s third invitation to exhibit, I offered to revisit the spirit of My Friends… The present project, nonetheless, explores something I have been pondering for some time, especially when sensing the passion people have brought, following the tough months of confinement, to meeting again in my park in the East Village of New York.

During this time of reopening and reencounters, I started to ask myself simple questions that provoked strong emotions: if some of the best art emerges from experience and its contemplation produces pain, how can we continue to generate meaning in a moment of ongoing ethical, social, and environmental collapse? How can we show our vulnerability? Is it possible to engage with healing and potentially painful lines of enquiry within the privileged context of art? I thought that an honest way to give voice to those thoughts might be to invite again a number of artist friends to attempt to poetically respond and thus have the opportunity to highlight the importance of relationship and the community.

​​My intent with this exhibition is to convey the urgency of belonging to a close community; to this end, the work of artists of kindred spirits will be displayed together with my own. My Friends and Other Animals II allows me the opportunity to pay tribute to our relationships as well as underscore the importance of our shared languages, and even -or especially- of our differences. Each of our works is essential for the overall group message. I imagine a common idea flying -like a unifying banner or great prosthesis- protecting us, so as to facilitate our task of being witness to the spirit of the time. We thus will continue to capture the unexpected aspects of the ordinary and elevate everyday routines to a spiritual realm. In this mise-en-scène, the narratives and personal associations woven together by these artists from different generations and origins emerge, establishing surprising political-poetic and vital connections.

 

Memory – Vocation – Curiosity as inspiration – Process as an end

The urge to shake up the symbols around us – Humor and intelligence – Wit

The body as a constant battlefield for women, even in its absence

Unanswered questions – Forever transgressing

                                                                                                                                                                          

Elena del Rivero

New York, November, 2021