• Of Being Between –Claudia Cuesta
  • Of Being Between –Claudia Cuesta
  • Of Being Between –Claudia Cuesta
  • Of Being Between –Claudia Cuesta

Of Being Between

Claudia Cuesta

26 July
17 August 2024

Curated by: Ellinee Nelson

Of Being Between

Claudia Cuesta

Curated by: Ellinee Nelson

Claudia Cuesta: Of Being Between is the first retrospective look at the Colombian-Canadian artist’s prolific career. Since the 1980s, Cuesta has integrated multimedia approaches to sculpture that reflect interdependent relationships between material and process. Her contributions are distinguished by dynamic allusions to the human body that call into question the nature of the medium. The exhibition emphasizes her multidisciplinarity, use of diverse materials, and embodied processes by bringing together sculptural installation, painting, poetry, photography, and collage.

In Of Being Between, Cuesta creates textural juxtapositions through combinations of velvet and neon, glass and steel, canvas and plastic. Her methodology involves meticulously selecting materials that she activates through a process of deep self-reflection and physically laborious experimentation. She hand-fabricates each work and transposes her internal landscape onto the materials. A reciprocal relationship develops over time as she embraces the implications that this process has on her own body. Experientially, this exhibition encompasses and communicates the physical dynamics that imbue Cuesta’s methodology within the space of the gallery.

Cuesta’s work challenges, often playfully, the manufactured belief systems, power structures, and technologies that shape our worldviews and identities. Speaking to both the personal and collective aspects of embodiment and grief, Cuesta’s work reveals the fluidity between individual and shared experiences. In a time when the boundaries between the personal and the collective are constantly being renegotiated, Of Being Between offers an urgent reflection on interdependence.

Of Being Between is presented with support from the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia.

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