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Energy Bodies  (1.4. – 7.5.2023 at SIC space, Helsinki)

Energy Bodies was a month-long exhibition exploring the undulating shapes of our bodies when
viewed in light of their vast and complex energetic pathways. Drawing on understandings of energy
within various practices, from holistic healing and neurology to the study of natural elements and
bodily matter, the exhibition leads with a seemingly simple question: What happens to an emotion
once it leaves the body? Relatedly, how might it linger, stagnate, or come to transfer and transform
the bodies and environments around us? What makes an emotion ready for expression in the first
place? How does the energy that we inherit, whether during a momentary encounter or as passed
down across generations, come to influence our mental and physical wellbeing over time?


Featuring works by artists Joana Escoval (PT), Niina Tervo (FI), Alvaro Ugarte (MX), and Rosario
Zorraquín (AR), the artworks on view contemplate the imperceptible entanglements that connect
us through an expanded notion of the body. Comprising both physical artworks and ephemeral
gestures, the exhibition attunes to energy as an increasingly vital channel of information and
affiliation through which to encounter the world. (Text: Rosa de Graaf)

(Full exhibition text here)

Energy Bodies is curated by SIC gallery’s Niina Tervo, together with Rosa de Graaf (UK/NL), curator and writer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The exhibition is supported by Kone Foundation and Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

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Rosario Zorraquin:

The work is a research about how (energetic) emotions come together with material world and what kind of bodily metabolism and actions there are behind them. The interest digs its ways to bodily bacteria and their connection to soil, which are noticed to be part of our emotion making, but also found out to be the same main four bacteria types as the soil has, connecting our emotional world with ground. To search this connection I placed my working to an allotment in Helsinki, where I studied the cycle, shapes and colours of plants, looking at them and the landscape from an emotional linguistic point of view and turned it into the language of a sculpture and installation, emphasising also the process of being unfinished but at the same time open. The work asks questions of role do emotions have as a part of environment, but also what is the cycle of emotions as a part of the material world.

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Alvaro Ugarte:

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