Ju Mu, Pichardo and WiseTwo
It is art that invites us to immerse ourselves in a reality that is wider, deeper, and more comprehensive than a world that we explain to ourselves solely from individual experiences and rational thinking. Art, Spirituality and Transcendence. This is what all three artists stand for: Ju Mu, Pichardo and WiseTwo. Exhibition includes our special collection of Mario Di Lucci artworks.
Ju Mu, a young artist who lives in Berlin, has Peruvian-Chilean roots. Pichardo is Mexican, WiseTwo is Kenyan of Indian descent. They are wanderers between cultures, travelers through time and space, with an awareness of history, which includes indigenous communities, colonial oppression and post-colonial exploitation. They reflect on traditions and trace archetypes and value cultural diversity, free from dominance and arrogance. They draw from the myths and wisdom of indigenous peoples.
In Mexico, where indigenous communities make up more than 80 percent of the population, such painting is recognized in modern art, since the work of Diego Rivera, the most famous representative of Mexican modernism. Pichardo ties in with this. His pictures have a clear reference to Picasso’s work, but are full of indigenous symbolism. We see mythical creatures, friendly faces, ghosts, grimaces which do not frighten us, but rather keep evil away from us and arouse joy.
In her work, Jumu is particularly dealing with the connection between people, the spirit world and nature and the knowledge of the shamans. Again and again, she travels to the Andes, the places of her family, her ancestors. She draws inspiration from the cultural diversity and creative power of indigenous communities.
WiseTwo shows us masks, faces and sculptures that express states of mind. They show us pain and anger, joy and happiness. Again and again, they confront us with our finitude. Not to freeze people in fear, but to awaken awareness and to encourage us to make the best possible out of our lives. We can recognize the message that we should keep our feelings in good balance and strive for balance and harmony – with the realization that we are connected to other people in a comprehensive human community. In a community that does not want submission and strives for harmony with nature.
Mario Di Lucci
Di Lucci was born in Montevideo in 1948 and died in Copenhagen in 2016. As an artist he faced real life, got involved and took part in the resistance against the junta in Uruguay. This is how he came to figurative painting when the postulate of abstraction still largely applied in visual art. Back then as a rejection of the “realism” dictated by fascist and communist regimes.
Di Lucci shows us people in all their complexity, with their wishes, desires, ambivalences, fears and needs. To resist with suffering and wounds and with inner strength, to grow beyond that. His pictures are dynamic, sometimes dramatic. Figurative with transitions into the abstract. With tensions and vibrations. With reference to the heart and mind,ultimately, poetic.