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Mahara+Co. Exhibition explores Silence, Space, and the Human Condition

Written By Shanieya Harris
May 28, 2024 at 11:30 AM

View of exhibition El Vacío Que No Es, featuring works by Marisa Telleria and Andres Michelena. Photo courtesy Mahara+Co and the artists.

“The Emptiness That Is Not,” at Mahara+Co. features the works of artists Marisa Telleria from Nicaragua and Andres Michelena from Venezuela. The collaboration marks a significant milestone in their artistic journeys, coming full circle after over a decade of mutual admiration and respect for each other’s work.

The exhibition reflects a profound connection between the two artists, who have found a shared thematic resonance in exploring the concept of emptiness—or the lack thereof. Their works collectively shape a unique perspective, imbued with poetic remnants and delicate subtleties that invite deep contemplation.

“This journey into the void is a journey into contemplation, into the interiority of whoever is willing to open up to them,” explains Marisa Telleria. Each piece in the exhibition complements the other, creating an immersive experience that encourages viewers to embrace silence and reflection as they navigate through the artworks.

View of exhibition El Vacío Que No Es. Photo courtesy Mahara+Co and the artists.

The exhibition not only showcases their artistic synergy but also pays homage to their respective countries of origin, reflecting on the socio-political landscapes of Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Andrés Michelena elaborates, “Both of them were, and are still involved in a lot of turmoil and troubles, for decades since the arrival of totalitarian and disastrous regimes, and because of that some of the artworks revealed and addressed that situation.” This socio-political commentary is evident in pieces such as Michelena’s “Versus” and Telleria’s floor piece “Blue Distance.”

“Blue Distance” particularly stands out, emphasizing an ever-changing imaginary landscape that becomes distorted during travel and is cherished in the memory of immigrants through a sense of longing. This piece captures the essence of displacement and the enduring hope that accompanies the immigrant experience.

View of exhibition El Vacío Que No Es. Photo courtesy Mahara+Co and the artists.

The rich cultural backgrounds of both artists profoundly shape their understanding of the world and significantly influence their creative expressions. While the specific origins of their work may not always be immediately apparent, it is within the quiet moments of silence and perceived emptiness that the depth of their experiences and challenges come to light.

Marisa adds, “The exhibition is inspired and soulful, and based on the feedback we’ve received, it offers visitors a chance to step away from the everyday noise and invite introspection, even if only for a moment.” This invitation to introspection has had a powerful impact on viewers, with some moved to tears simply by being in the presence of the artworks.

View of exhibition El Vacío Que No Es. Photo courtesy Mahara+Co and the artists.

“The Emptiness That Is Not” is more than an exhibition; it is a profound exploration of silence, space, and the human condition. It offers a rare opportunity for visitors to engage deeply with the art and to reflect on the broader narratives of struggle, resilience, and hope that define the human experience.

WHAT: EL VACÍO QUE NO ES / THE EMPTINESS THAT IS NOT Exhibition

WHERE: 224 NW 71st Street Unit H Miami, Fl 33150

WHEN: Exhibition on display until June 8th, 2024

INFORMATION: For more information on this exhibition please visit gallery.mahara-co.com

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