Luis Enrique Zela-Koort
‘Fields of Porosity’ is the first solo show in the UK of Peruvian artist Luis Enrique Zela-Koort. Working across a variety of media, Zela-Koort blends technological aesthetics with ancient artefacts. As part of the exhibition the artist will present a new body of work including a mobile glass sculpture.
‘Fields of Porosity’ aims to create spaces of understanding where the hermetic nature of “being” within Modernity is destabilised. In physics, a field is defined as a region under the influence of a universal force such as gravity. Similarly, Zela sees the exhibition as a conceptual field in which the barriers between beings are undone, exploring new dynamics between the inside and the outside. A field of universal diversity, where organisms are capable of transcending the binary categories with which modernity attempts to administer reality, underscoring the infinite mutability and potentiality of life.
The works propose to reset, or reboot, the infectious, zero-sum narratives that industrial modernity imposes on the history of nature, imagining new and porous relationships between bodies using scientific and technological resources to reverse anthropocentric hierarchies. The exhibition extends Zela ́s research into a ‘Queer Metaphysics’, observing desire as the productive agent of reality, and the embodiment of divergent knowledge.
Within the exhibition we are confronted with the vast universes in and outside of us, releasing all the possibilities for existence across space and time, replacing notions of virality with symbiosis, or of infection for coexistence and interconnection. Zela creates a yearning for worlds that go beyond the exploitation and suffering that is imposed on us and that we impose on the planet.
Zela-Koort’s solo show is presented in collaboration with N.A.S.A.L, Mexico and Ecuador. It is the third show in VITRINE Bermondsey’s gallery collaboration programme and opens over Frieze week 2023.
Luis Enrique Zela-Koort (b. Lima, PE) lives and works in Lima, PE. He holds a BA in Visual Arts from Corriente Alterna, Lima, PR (2018) and participated in Electronic Art and Film & Photography programs hosted by MoMA and Taller Helios (2020). Awards include: Premio Nacional de Arte e Innovación MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), First prize (2022); ICPNA Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist (2020&21); ARTUS beca para Artista Peruano, Finalist (2019&20).
Zela-Koort has exhibited internationally in institutions, galleries and biennials including: MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), Lima, PE; CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo), Quito, EC; 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP; 13th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, BR; Museo AMANO, Lima, PE; MATE – Museo Mario Testino, Lima, PE; Museo Palacio Cousiño, Santiago, CL; Proyecto NASAL, Mexico City, MX; Revolver Galería, Buenos Aires, AR and Lima, PE; IK Projects, Lima, PE; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlín, DE; Proyecto AMIL, Lima, PE; Galería Studio, Warsaw, PL; BLOC Art, Lima, PE; Arte Actual Flacso, Quito, EC; Festival MUTA, Lima, PE; Colectivo Control, Madrid, ES.
Art fairs presentations include: NADA Miami, USA; NADA New York, USA; Zone Maco, Mexico City, MX; ARCO Madrid, ES; SWAB Barcelona, ES.
The artist will be in residence at Gasworks, London, UK from September - December 2023.
N.A.S.A.L. is an independent contemporary art project launched by Mauricio Aguirre with presence in Ecuador and Mexico. Its mission is to revitalise and stimulate contemporary art practices and foster consistent dialogues that establish the Ecuadorian and South American art scene in an international context. Its main aim is to focus attention on supporting the work of contemporary South American artists and promoting cultural affairs through its different locations: Ecuador and Mexico and the participation in higher end art fairs in Latin America and The USA. N.A.S.A.L. has its flagship gallery in Guayaquil, EC and also opened a second location in Roma Norte, Mexico City.