“Gema Alava: TRUST ME in Manifesta 8 (Murcia)”
Gema Alava, a Spanish artist based inNew York, surprises us once more with her latest art investigation and project Trust Me. After developing Trust Me in New York she was invited to Murcia, to Centro Parraga, on the occasion of the BiennialManifesta 8.
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The projectTrust Me is based on the rupture between the visual image, the sense of sight, and art. The purpose of thisproject is to show the spectator that the sense of sight is not needed to experience art since art, narrated through words and complemented by sensations from other sensorial organs, is able to create a richer visual image.
To create this, Gema Alava brings thespectator, who has been previouslyblindfolded with a pair of dark glasses, through a room. As she walks, the spectator is guided by the artist –here the title of the piece- . She includes voice and narration as artistic experiences. Faced with this instant blindness, the spectator begins to appreciatetonalities of sounds and linguistic tonespreviously unknown.Gema Alava’s voice transforms itself at each step of this walked throughlabyrinth as the classic symbol of the storyteller, whose narrative would acquire the trust and respect of that which is truthful.
It is a labyrinthian corridorfrom which there is an exit. At the end of the path you hear the narration of Rocio, a person who is visually impaired, who would make you feel the aesthetic image of an artwork through the power of words.
This might be one of the most sensual experiences I’ve ever had.
With this project, Gema Alava continues the journey she originated with her previous projects Tell Me and Find Me.