Medulla Plaza Curated by Lena Hartmann Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim 21 October – 25 December 2016
Medulla Plaza is the first institutional solo exhibition of Vanessa Safavi in Germany, at Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim.
Witty, sensual and playful, Safavi’s works combine clarity, lightness and poetry in their handling of materials.
By linking the Latin term “medulla”–the biological designation of the core areas of different organs– with the Italian word “plaza”–often associated with the image of wandering tourists– the exhibition title suggests an unexpectedly refreshing way of looking at the human organism.
The selected shapes and objects symbolize individual parts of the body, at the same time leaving room for further interpretation. In addition to Safavi’s sculptures and wall works, installation-specific installations play a central role in her work. The exhibition “Medulla Plaza” also focuses on a space-grabbing, sculptural installation ( “Life as a Comedy”), which was specially developed for the exhibition in the Kunstverein and at the same time concealed the murals of Khaled Al-Saai.