Artist Günes-Hélène Isitan uses a hybrid approach to her art, blending philosophy and microbiology, inviting the viewer to reconsider exactly what it means to be human. The result of a collaboration between a photographer and bacterial painters, these three series challenge the assumption that humans are exceptional, by questioning not only our relationships with invisible (but omnipresent) microorganisms, but also by exploring the imaginary boundaries between us and the latter. Through her prints, multispecies self portraits, a video and live installations, Isitan illustrates that the lines between human beings and other organisms are more blurred than most people think, showing us that humankind is deeply interwoven with the world that gave us life.
Through a blend of the intuitive and the rational, materiality and illusion, manifested in a marriage of sculpture and drawing, the multidisciplinary artist Francesa Penserini, who is of Italian origin, offers the viewer a fascinating foray into her creative universe, as she explores the notion that everything is temporary. The surfaces of her installations – plaster modeling, sculptures in wood, and charcoal and chalk drawings – clearly show traces of whatever tool she has used to create the work. Intimately linked to nature, Penserini’s art questions and examines the ephemeral, the cycle of life and the passage of time, and looks at how they leave an erosive imprint on both individuals and inanimate objects.