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About the things we don't quite understand

Curated by Cassia Pérez


R. Lages, 994 - América, Joinville - SC, 89204-010, Brasil


From October 15 to November 30 of 2022


Instituto Internacional Juarez Machado

by Cassia Pérez

In times of high information flow provided by technology, taking on the things we don't understand well seems risky. How can we not understand if, in our hand, we have all the answers? Access is so easy, so practical, just a few clicks and we have solutions for everything. Perhaps the biggest consequence of all this practicality is ignorance: the laziness of questioning ready-made answers has made us ignorant since we gain time and lose important processes of analysis, criticism, understanding and acceptance of misunderstanding. These things that we don't understand well are almost always put aside, we remove all their relevance to make way for what is already taken for granted, as if it wasn't worth the investment of time and head to solve them.

However, here our focus is on precisely these things. They are things, we don't necessarily need to name them, nor do we need to understand them, what we need is to recognize the importance of all these things. Celaine Refosco's works offer us ways to overcome this incomprehension, to accept that we will never know everything, that we are small in the face of much bigger things that also do not need to understand us. Art falls into this category of things we don't understand well. The truth is that no matter your level of knowledge, how expert or layman you are, art gives us an infinite amount of possibilities, it depends on the context, it depends on who sees it, who produces it, how it is presented, how it is observed, how it is read... there are so many variables for art. Accepting that we can never run out of these variables is a start.

The exhibition not only opens us to a freedom of questioning and sensations, but tries to help us to allow ourselves to feel, think, see and all the verbs that please us in this context. It is possible to open up to a look focused on art, analyzing the works themselves and how the exhibition is configured. It is possible to analyze what we feel when we perceive ourselves in the exhibition space, appropriating what the artist gives us to get closer to the self. In short, anything is possible. If we allow ourselves to abandon the ready-made answers that are given to us, there will be no limitations to our questioning. In the tangle of things we don't understand well, the journey to incomprehension is almost as important as the final destination.

About the things we don't quite understand


Cássia Pérez