Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s monumental arch is rising above the huge mammoth skeleton in the centre of the art nouveau Sala Principal at the Geological Museum in Mexico City as part of Earth-Body, a group exhibition curated by Gabriel Mestre Arrioja and Jonatan Habib Engquist. The sentence “Please rest in peace for we shall not repeat the error”, shaped in earth-tone coloured balloons and inscribed along the length of the arch, is derived from the monument that honours the victims of the atomic bom that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. In front of this central scenario are two additional balloon figures, a female and a male, shaped as oversized grotesques. A clash between old and new, between natural objects and artificial materials, between the past and the present. While the figures appear to be addressing our ancestors and reassuring them that we will not repeat the errors of the past, they also convey a message to the people living on Earth now: we have to remember the unfortunate events of our history in order to shape a better world of tomorrow. Supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang
The Geological Museum
Mexico City, Mexico
February 5 – April 7, 2019
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Photo: Raquel Bañón Sodini + Hesselholdt & Mejlvang