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The Big Unknown

Almanaque, Mexico City, México
February 7, 2017 – March 25, 2017




The Big Unknown, a quest for nature

Nature slowly verges into the blind spots outlying on the rim of our consciousness.

What is Nature, and what is it to us? These are the questions that The Big Unknown poses.

Nature shifts from being a real immediate surrounding to a fictive –sometimes ideal– place scarily visited which leaves us as strangers. And yet, nature in its archaic form keeps appearing to us –sometimes forcefully, sometimes as nothing more than light and shadow– displayed in the city space.

Roland Barthes talks about the punctum in his studies on photography. When we look at the elements around us, a visual spot catches our eyes creating a delicate hors champ. With the punctum, Barthes refers to the terminology of optical science, where accommodation is defined by the distance between the nearest (punctum proximum) and the farthest (punctum remotum) clear visual point.

In The Big Unknown –ALMANAQUE’s fourth exhibition– two artists: Mara Sánchez-Renero (Mexico), and Danila Tkachenko (Russia) take us into an antipodal ride, showing their personal punctum. An exquisitely unique, man-made vision of landscapes, nature and mere space.

– Corinna Koch

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