Die Ausstellung „Break a leg!“ verwandelt den Raum für drastische Maßnahmen in ein experimentelles Theater. Die großformatigen Bilder erheben sich vor dem Betrachter wie Bühnen, auf denen man die Künstlichkeit räumlicher Konstruktionen sowie des menschlichen Verhaltens reflektiert. Wir alle inszenieren uns heutzutage blitzschnell in unterschiedlichen Rollen und haben gewissermaßen eine Sammlung von persönlichen Masken. Die Werke von Ivana de Vivanco setzen sich zwischen Malerei und Theater mit dieser bühnenhaften Kondition unserer aktuellen Gesellschaft auseinander.
In the exhibition “Break a leg!” the Raum für drastische Maßnahmen is transformed into an experimental theater. Large paintings pop up in front of the viewer like stages on which the artificiality of spacial constructions and human behaviour are deliberated. Nowadays, all of us have an assortment of personal masks with which we are quick to stage ourselves into various roles. The works of Ivana de Vivanco oscillate between theater and painting to examine this staged condition of our current society.
Ivana de Vivanco (b. 1989 in Lisbon) is a Chilean-Peruvian artist based in Germany. Her paintings, graphic works and sculptures commonly relies on nonsensical narratives, with mythical tendencies and recurrent characters that violate the intimacy of the private domain through scenarios that seem enlivened by uncanny, dreamlike or even vaguely nightmarish curiosities. Her work has been featured in several publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow published in London by Thames & Hudson, and has been exhibited in England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Poland and Chile. She has been a grant holder of DAAD, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of Saxony and in 2015 she was awarded with the Marion-Ermer-Prize for young artists in Germany. Her work is also currently being exhibited at The RYDER Proyects in Madrid.