Existing Otherwise – Inner Jungle
08.04. – 21.05. 2022
Exhibition by Irene Fernández Arcas
Curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen
Within the framework of Existing Otherwise at Galerie Wedding
With her colourful and humorous paintings, ceramics, films and rituals, the artist provides an alternative mental and physical space out of the harsh urban jungle. The exhibition addresses people of all ages and offers a soft landing into spring, despite the turbulences that have been happening since winter.
Irene Fernandéz Arcas describes the Inner Jungleas “a utopian inner safe space, a refuge, full of lights maybe, landscape memories, or simply an imaginary place. We can all create such inner spaces with very little tools – also children, there is for specific learning. If you create an inner jungle and go there, you can find whatever you want to find, such as peace or relaxation.”
The altar is a vital design element in Fernández Arcas’s installations in general, and in the Inner Jungle in particular. Here, the exhibition space is transformed into a tangible soft space where there is room for both mourning and relief, or even a sense of bodily dissolution. There is an altar, not a religious one, but a site that holds a lot of beauty and healing energies.
As much as painting and ceramics mean to her, for Irene Fernández Arcas, collaboration with others is the highest form of art. With the exhibition Inner Jungle, she is attempting to unfold a “Gesamtkunstwerk”, a total work of art, in cooperation with a number of co-creators and the team at Galerie Wedding. Various events will accompany the exhibition: Yoggaton at the opening, a guided tour by the artist and curator, a reading and ritual as well as flamenco for the Gallery Weekend, kids’ dance on the square in front of the town hall, and a concert at the finissage. Irene Fernández Arcas comments on the colourful, enveloping exhibition of paintings: “The spaces I create are materialisations of our inner jungle. They are spaces to exist otherwise, pure and in the moment.”
Opening on 07.04. 2022, 7 to 10 pm
Hot shot de Yoggaton + DJ Set with Maque Pereyra, 7 pm
18.04.2022 at 6pm Workshop “Rehearsing Care & Collectivity” with Dora Durkesac and Irene Fernández Arcas in the project space INSOLA Berlin (Am Speicher 11-15, 10245 Berlin)
28.04.2022 at 4pm Guided tour of the exhibition with Solvej Helweg Ovesen, Irene Fernández Arcas and other artists; at 5pm Book presentation of “Earnestly” with Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju; at 6pmRitual with Irene Fernández Arcas und Victoria Fechtner
29. 04.2022 at 5 pm Flamenco evening “Jaleo y Risa” with Tablao Flamenco Tempelhof & Friends
17.05.2022 Workshop for children “In Translation” with Thomias Radin
20.05.2022 at 5 pm Artist-Talk “Diálogos de Junglas Internas” with Irene Fernández Arcas and Ana Lessing Menjibar; at 7 pm Concert and Record Release “Corrientes vitales” by Isasi Armengod
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds für Ausstellungsvergütungen, Ausstellungsfonds für Kommunale Galerien.