Andreia Santana in HOLLOW HANDS
Curated by UNA galleria
from Feb 19 to May 8 2020
viale della Liberazione 16/a
photo credits - Cosimo Filippini. Courtesy UNA and the artist.UNA is pleased to announce the third year of its collaboration with Spazio Leonardo, multifunctional space and insurance agency of Leonardo Assicurazioni – Generali Milano.
Following two years of fruitful collaboration, Spazio Leonardo entrusts once again the artistic direction of its gallery to UNA highlighting its perspective of openness and interdisciplinarity.
These sculptures are conceived as “mutant elements” which perform different periods of time (past, present and future) and aim to give voice and space to alternative contributions to the great narratives (History, Archaeology, Archive), raising a counter-discursive power and new historiographies.
The work of Andreia Santana (1991, Lisbon) is developed around an on-going investigation about the relationship between archaeology and art making. She observes and appropriates specific techniques in order to analyze the contemporary production of material culture and discussing topics like the labor and the capacity of objects to act as witnesses of time changes.
Hollow Hands, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Italy, arises from her recent interest in outcast manufactures, archaeological found objects that were marginalized or banned from history by the regime of power and cultural interest, and to which were not given the status of museum artifacts
For this exhibition, Santana presents a new body of sculptures in steel and copper, whose shapes resemble parts of human body, archaeological findings and tools. Her works are developed through a research on the alienation and the agency of the archaeological labor and its conditions over the history.