Dedicated to everyone escaping from wars, injustice, torture. To all women, mothers, daughters, men, fathers, sons. To all living beings suffering and having the right to be saved. Dedicated to our sisters and brothers.
WHITE is a work of subtraction in the sensory and structural overlaps that cloud the image today. It's a door, through white noise, that can open empathy perception. World contemporary icons help us understand that joy and pain colliding in humanity's existence can be traced, in essence, to the absence of perception of others.
Otherness is an illusion: it might exists only if we deliberately ignore that our being is deeply rooted into one another. As embracing and respecting differences is the only way we deserve to be called humans.
Size cm 26×23
Studio Urbana Editore d’Arte
This exhibition induces a miracle, a sacred memory runs through it, a genetic mind gathering phantoms; in its ceremonious quality it waves an endless fairy tale, soaring on winged tempests, lightly grazing mythographic iconologies linked to the cults dedicated to the numerous feminine divinities.
The body in movement is rendered in an exceptional way in Appearing through invisible, six papers engraved with silver point, in which the cold and decisive signs give back the rhythm of curves and gestures, between shadows and light gaps.
The Artist-Shaman is the one who turns an image into an idol, by transporting it from the ‘territory of the uncontrollable’ to the ‘territory of certainty’. The world-icons contained in Duran’s works are proof of that.
With her works on wood, canvas, rice paper and video, where color takes on an important evocative and symbolic role, Duran leads us through a journey to meet women in all their fragility and courage, grace and beauty, loss and decision, emphasizing the salvific role of the female figure, the one who embraces and generates, protects and defends.
Duran’s color at times becomes dense, full-bodied but, at the next glance, it acquires absolute lightness. Here is where the color takes on total ambiguity: at a certain time, that powerful yellow, that blood red, the impenetrable blue and the subtle blue become water, sky or perhaps earth.
In the "White" cycle the large canvases are the result of a very close relationship of space/time between classical, renaissance, baroque and contemporary images in an 'eclat', an explosion that produces light, so strong as to make every color white.
The common thread in Barbara Duran's works is communication and sharing with the viewer. It is an inner spiritual experience that comes from reality, while conveying emotions through images.