Friday, June 21, 2024

Juxtapoz Journal – Hortensia Mi Kafchin Presents “Years of Unhealthy Hair”


P·P·O·W is happy to current Years of Unhealthy Hair, Hortensia Mi Kafchin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Imbuing a extremely classical portray type along with her personal mythologies, fairytales, and perception programs, Kafchin’s avatars traverse time, area, and actuality to achieve states of self-transformation and liberation. Hybridity, a central tenet of Kafchin’s observe, is innately tied not solely to her transition from male to feminine, but in addition to her upbringing in a post-Communist and post-Chernobyl Romania wherein an inflow of Western tradition intertwined with deeply rooted Jap Orthodoxy and Medieval traditions. Akin to alchemical experiments, Kafchin’s canvases mix the female and male, the East and West, the normal and modern, and the scientific and non secular, to create dialectic formulation which collectively reveal the ability of the creativeness as a divine and uniting pressure.

Viewing her compositions as journals of ideas, emotions, goals, and experiences, Kafchin, in Years of Unhealthy Hair, chronicles a hero’s journey, to not conquer, however to outlive. Her quest is aided by scientific and technological development that’s without delay philosophical and mystical. In Years of Unhealthy Hair Day, 2022-2023, Kafchin paints herself as each celestial scientist and cursed princess in determined search of the proper transition spell. Surrounded by a vibrating litter of assorted hair development serums, hormone blockers, estrogen drugs, and sweetness instruments, she gazes up in direction of her hair coated brush as if it have been a wanting glass revealing the inescapabilty of each time and biology. Inscribed on her again between a pair of rainbow angel wings are numerous sigils which act as navigational instruments: the transgender image turns into a compass, the Jap cosmological image of the ying-yang sits between a solar and moon, and the traditional Western ouroboros is depicted as a clock. Right here Jap and Western traditions seamlessly intertwine to help Kafchin in her journey in direction of transformation and immortality. 

For Kafchin, technological development is the non secular future of the human evolution, to rework our vessels, overcome the human situation, and create new realities. In monumental work akin to Mom of Singularity, 2022-2023, Kafchin reveals her imaginative and prescient of a utopian techno-future born out of humanity’s present struggles and struggling. An alien civilization of our personal making, the technological sublimity depicted on this composition is matriarchal, non-violent, dualistic, harmonious, and primarily based in Taoist philosophy. In a recent panorama, the place a given actuality might be exhausting to grasp, such works invite viewers to embark on a futuristic odyssey wherein the regenerative gasoline of the human creativeness turns into our salvation. To cite David Wojnarowicz, “Hell is a spot on earth, Heaven is a spot in our head.”

Hortensia Mi Kafchin (b. 1986, Galati, Romania) is a Romanian modern artist dwelling and dealing in Cluj, Romania, and Berlin, Germany. Her work might be present in collections together with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Assortment Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, DE; and the Ludwig Museum, Köln, DE. Kafchin has offered solo exhibitions on the Nationwide Museum of Up to date Artwork, Bucharest, RO; Galerie Judin, Berlin, DE; Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; BWA SOKÓŁ Gallery, Nowy Sącz, PL; Artwork Encounters Basis, Timișoara, RO; Lyles & King, New York, NY; Museum of Artwork, Cluj, RO, amongst others. Kafchin has additionally taken half in lots of group exhibitions on the Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; New Museum, New York, NY; Austrian Museum of Utilized Arts, Vienna, AT; Prague Biennale, Prague, CZ; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Paris, FR; La Triennale, Paris, FR; Espace Niemeyer, Paris, FR; Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR, amongst others.


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