Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg

El Hadji SyCarnivalesca
What Painting might be
27.02. - 23.05.2021
Kunstverein in Hamburg

El Hadji Sy, *1954 in Dakar, Senegal,
lives and works in Dakar, Senegal

 

Photo © Fred Dott

4 available works

„It is only through art that we can escape from ourselves and know how another person sees a universe which is not the same as our own and whose landscapes would otherwise have remained as unknown as any there may be on the moon.“ (Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, 1913)

With Carnivalesca we want to create a dialogue with a traditional art form: painting. For this approach, we have looked to the meaning of carnival, because it evokes exuberance, delight and, underneath it all, a certain uncertainty or even melancholy. While the phenomenon of carnival is generally associated with a Western Christian festive season, it has antecedents in antiquity and has undergone innumerable syncretic cultural transformations around the world. Interpretations of carnival present it as a social institution that degrades the higher functions of thought and the sacred realm of the soul by translating them onto the bodily and the grotesque, ultimately, to renew society and the world in which it appears. This may also be seen as a site to release the impulses that threaten the social order and the norms it regulates; and as a place where divergent social groups can focus their conflicts and incongruities.

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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Kunstverein Hamburg