Apr 21, 2024

Zilberman Gallery

Third Crescent: Pedro Gómez-Egaña

April 11-June 15, 2024

Zilberman Miami is pleased to present Third Crescent, the first solo show of Colombian artist Pedro Gómez-Egaña in the United States.

Third Crescent showcases installations that take inspiration on the life of Cuban poet and writer Dulce María Loynaz (La Habana 1902-1997). Loynaz’s life story, particularly her voluntary seclusion following the Cuban Revolution of 1959 despite her literary acclaim, serves as a narrative influence for Pedro Gómez-Egaña.

Awarded prestigious honors such as the National Literature Prize in 1987 and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1992, Loynaz’s life in her El Vedado mansion from 1947 to 1997 epitomized profound solitude. She spent nearly forty years in relative isolation, deliberately withdrawing from literary engagements and creation. This period of “interior exile”, as it has been called, underscores Gómez-Egaña’s exploration of the domestic space as a site where political and social complications emerge with particular charge.

Gómez-Egaña’s artistic inquiry delves into the concept of the interface as a liminal space where dichotomies blur. Traditionally, an interface is a point where two realities meet, a term that speaks to the contours of interaction, a porous membrane between insides and outsides, integrity and vulnerability, technology and faith. It’s a space for decoding and engagement. The notion of interface also presents a certain kind of eroticism, as an occasion for integrities to dissolve.

Within this conceptual framework, the interface transcends its physical boundaries; it transforms into a metaphorical threshold inviting viewers to contemplate the intersections of identity, intimacy, and societal constructs

“Es triste confesarlo, pero me siento ya su prisionera, extranjera en mi propio reino, desposeída de los bienes que siempre fueron míos. No hay para mí camino que no tropiece con sus muros; no hay cielo que sus muros no recorten.

Haciendo de él botín de guerra, las nuevas estructuras se han repartido mi paisaje: del sol apenas me dejaron una ración minúscula, y desde que llegara la primera puso en fuga la orquesta de los pájaros.”

“…It’s sad to confess it, but I already feel like its prisoner, a stranger in my own kingdom, dispossessed of the goods that were always mine.

There is no road for me that does not run into its walls; there is no sky that its walls do not cut through.

Making it the spoils of war, the new structures have rationed my landscape: of the sun they have left me only a minuscule portion, and since the first arrival an orchestra of birds set on flight.”

—Fragment from Dulce Maria Loynaz, “ Los últimos días de una casa” (The Last Days of a House), English version translated by the artist.

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About Zilberman Gallery

Founded in 2008, Zilberman is a contemporary art gallery, focusing on internationally promoting contemporary artists from Turkey, introducing international artists to the local art scene, and supporting young artists. With four gallery spaces located in Istanbul, Berlin, and Miami, as well as two project spaces and two artist residencies in Berlin and Istanbul, Zilberman consistently delivers an ambitious annual exhibition and project program. Zilberman occupies two distinct floors within the historic Mısır Apartment, a prominent example of art nouveau architecture in Istanbul. In 2022, Zilberman opened a second location, Zilberman Selected in Piyalepaşa. In 2016, Zilberman expanded internationally and opened its first location in Berlin; in a turn-of-the-century building at Goethestr. 82 which later, in 2023 was turned into a nonprofit project space. Zilberman Berlin relocated to a second location at Schlüterstr. 45, Charlottenburg. The space in Goethestraße remains and continues as a project space, Platform 82. In 2023, Zilberman expanded to the US and opened a new gallery space in Miami Design District. The gallery maintains a strong presence at international art fairs, fostering close relationships with collectors, curators, and art professionals. With a firm belief in a commercial gallery’s role in assuming social responsibility for education and audience development, Zilberman organizes artist talks, lecture-performances, book launches, and roundtable discussions. Furthermore, Zilberman provides artists with opportunities to live and work in Berlin or Istanbul through its artist-in-residency programs. To conclude each year’s exhibition season across all three locations, Zilberman curates ‘Young Fresh Different,’ a group show featuring works of young artists selected by an independent jury from nationwide open call submissions.
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