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one giant leap

06.12.2017 – 07.02.2018


06.12 – 7pm

Tue-Sat 11.00-19.00

©2017 Matèria Gallery / Via Tiburtina 149 - 00185 Roma

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As the oldest measure of time, the moon has come to compose a complex global inner experience by withholding the long ethnic memory of humans. Within the condensation of the innumerable amount of experiences projected upon our closest celestial body, we perceive the concept of eternal motion through the moon alongside an opposite temporal solidification. The moon's cycle reflects what Heidegger describes as a preservation of the light of darkness, rather than simple brightness.

The moon much like an image of eternal strangeness and fascination, bears the allure of wanting to be touched, yet we soon realize that such a feat is impossible. We can only meet the moon through indirect reflections of it, much like all memories that are never formed by the objects themselves but by the reflection and construction of our own eyes. In a sense, the moon becomes a perceivable psychological entity through a luminous absent. Therefore, experience becomes a fissure——somewhat of an absence, where life is no longer experienced from a layer of reality, nor is presented as the language that explicitly describes a tangible object.

In this exhibition, Chen Xiaoyi explores the archetypal images of the moon through a large scale video installation where her subject matter is showcased in eternal motion. The process of light projected is purposely placed in dialogue with large scale reflective surfaces, created to explore the concepts of infinite separation, aggregation, and the occasional coexistence of contradictions. The installation as a whole activates an “orderly state of non-causal relationships” in an attempt to achieve synchronicity within an instantaneous variable.

All images and texts copyrights © 2013-2017 Xiaoyi Chen