American-Bolivian artist Donna Huanca is having her first large solo exhibition in Scandinavia, the first performance-led commission at Copenhagen Contemporary.
During the exhibition period, visitors have occasion to experience several performances, where bodies decked in lightweight textiles interact with the space and the audience. Referencing notions of origin, memory and time Huanca’s work draws attention to the nature of the human body. By using smell as well as sound in her works, Huanca addresses several of our senses, seeking to evoke the memories associated with them. Through this practice, Huanca examines the deeper history and conventions of bodily behaviour across various cultures and questions how the ongoing accumulation of bodily gestures comes to define who we are.
- Donna Huanca. PIEDRA QUEMADA. Installation View. September 28, 2018 - January 6, 2019. Belvedere Museum, Vienna, AT Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin. Photographer: Elsa Kostic