Moon Foulard
Curated by Bruno Marchand
Fidelidade Arte, Lisboa,
14th May-20th August 2021

Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández presented the exhibition Moon Foulard as part of the Chain Reaction project, curated by Bruno Marchand. The exhibition took place at the Espaço Fidelidade Arte (Largo do Chiado 8, Lisbon).

What Rodrigo Hernández brings to the Reação em Cadeia cycle is the result of the confluence of a wide range of the artist’s interests, set to revolve around a tutelary figure: Italian designer Emilio Pucci, famous for the revolutionary way he imagined the use of prints in haute couture prêt-à-porter, combining the introduction of light and ductile fabrics with geometric compositions, feery and colorful. The iconographic context of the exhibition begins and ends at Pucci, but its ideological scope is far broader. “Moon Foulard” is part of a long-standing debate about the place of aesthetic expression in artistic achievements, about the role that the exercise of taste, style, form, ornament and, ultimately, the search for pleasure, can still play in contemporary society.

The work of Rodrigo Hernández (Mexico City, 1983) is characterized by ambivalence and ambiguity. Almost everything in his universe oscillates between states, as if he comfortably inhabits transitoriness. Between drawing, painting, mural, sculpture and installation, his works deliberately seek miscegenation or contamination between disciplines.

On the other hand, the interests that these same works manifest are also far from being univocal or linear. In his universe, art and craft, high culture and popular manifestations, the past and the contemporary, the private and the political, the narrative and the elliptical, coexist and interpotentiate in a logic that dispenses with hierarchies and makes the law of attraction the only rule of the game. “Moon Foulard” is the seventh exhibition of the Reação em Cadeia cycle, which results from the collaboration between Fidelidade and Culturgest.