From 02/03/2024 to 03/16/2024
São Paulo, Brasil

Querer e não querer, desejar e temer (Wanting and not wanting, desiring and fearing) is Anna Maria Maiolino's third solo exhibition at Galleria Luisa Strina.


The exhibition, which precedes the ceremony to award the artist the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in April, brings together a selection of works made from the 1990s to the present, some of them exhibited for the first time and others rarely shown.


With drawings, sculptures, photographs and video, the exhibition is the manifestation of a work of rhizomatic character, which unfolds through a multiplicity of supports and in a non-linear way over more than five decades, while maintaining a remarkable coherence. The works presented in the exhibition were selected by the artist herself, creating a journey that crosses different materialities and temporalities and establishing links between works produced in different media.


With a production based on experimentation, Anna Maria Maiolino explores questions related to doing as a labor, the relationship between subject and object, and the creative power of emptiness. After emigrating first to Venezuela and then to Brazil –and living in the United States and Argentina for some years–, Maiolino brings to her work the experience of a fragmented identity, as well as the sense of loss and displacement that accompany a diasporic experience. Through the repetition of primordial gestures and archetypal forms, he creates a series of works that constitute a language of proliferation and difference.


With the exhibition Querer e não querer, desejar e temer –whose title reflects the dualities present in the artist's work, such as full and empty; obverse and reverse; negative and positive– Maiolino offers the public a generous and multiple selection of a significant part of her extensive oeuvre. Her sensitive and precise choices enable viewers to find, without any didacticism, some of the possible articulations of an open and constantly evolving language.

Querer e não querer, desejar e temer. Exhibition by Anna Maria Maiolino.


Until March 16, 2024.


Luisa Strina Gallery. Rua Padre João Manuel, 755. São Paulo, Brazil.