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'HUMANTHIRST' by Pauline Canavesio and Jan Durina at ACUD Galerie, Berlin

«How I long for you surrounded as I am by people who do not satisfy my soul»
(Edward Field)

HUMANTHIRST is a collaborative project and the first exhibition by two interdisciplinary artists Pauline Canavesio and Jan Durina. The exhibition links their artworks in the form of video, sculpture, textile, photography, drawing and sound art. HUMANTHIRST is a carnal mesh embodying a new love stream irrigated by spirituality and sensuality. Longing for togetherness., flashing in wilderness trails.

Vampiric stroke. I got you under my skin.

Canavesio’s and Durina’s artistic practices are both boiling investigations of the human being - In and out / Back and forth. Sublimating and outsourcing from its hyper sensitivity to its deeper darkness.

«Love traces, antarctic traversing my neck. I am an emotional cathedral.»
Pauline Canavesio’s manifesto excerpt

Thirsting/fighting for unity, both of them claim for tenderness and vulnerability / Acceptance by deploying poetic injections. I see Canavesio and Durina as emotional radicals, too charged to stay silent. Their works with no medium boundaries are weapons to unstoppably share concerns, sensibilities and eagerness.

Pauline Canavesio (*1991) is a French multimedia artist based in Lyon and Berlin working primarily with sculpture, video, poetry, performance and music. Jan Durina (*1988) is a Slovak interdisciplinary artist. His work oscillate between photography, installation, typography, textile, performance and music. Both artists have exhibited and performed with their music projects internationally. Durina met and portrayed Canavesio during her BORA residency at Amplify Berlin one year ago. More than a photograph, it could be seen as a genuine symbiosis between the two, finding in one another an artistic alter-ego. Followed by their first music piece « One Life » on the debut album of Durina’s music project Ephemeral Harms, the idea of HUMANTHIRST started to escalate. 

Watching these artists working together and genuinely supporting each other all the way through make me believe their vision can make us look in our inner selves and find the often lost hope in better tomorrows.

— Diane Esnault

24.1.20 — 22.2.20

Curated by Diane Esnault

ACUD Galerie

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