Yeni & Nan, Transfiguration Element Earth, 1983
Yeni & Nan
Transfiguration Element Earth

Jennifer Hackshaw (Venezuela, *1948) and María Luisa González (Venezuela, *1956) worked as a team from 1978 to 1986 under the name of Yeni & Nan. Polaroid photographs, installations, performances and photographs make up their artistic universe under the motto “the body as nature”. With a background in psychology and theatre, both artists were practitioners of martial arts and yoga, which guaranteed great physical consistency to their performances. Essential to their artistic proposals is a return to nature and a fusion with the cosmos. The processes of metamorphosis and the cycles of life make up their artistic imagination, which can be summarised as “one’s body as a body of the world”. EF, MM

A woman’s face appears, covered in clay. Little by little the clay starts to dry on her skin as the water evaporates. Successively, the artist lifts her wet hands to her cheeks to return the clay’s elasticity and bright colour, refreshing it once again – a mask of flesh, earth and water visualising aging and renewing proc- esses; a cyclical performance materialising the eternal cycles of life and death to which all human beings are subjected.

Courtesy Galería Faría + Fábregas, Caracas

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nature, extended body, dis/appearance