Juliana Sícoli – Ouroboros

February 18 – March 30

The development of the idea behind Juliana Sícoli’s series “Ouroboros” reflects a contemporary approach to art as a tool for societal expression and communication. In 2017, Sícoli embarked on a journey to harness the power of her art as a means to confront and articulate her dissatisfaction with societal norms. Rather than being a mere outlet for personal discontent, Sícoli saw her art as a potent instrument for initiating dialogues and challenging established narratives.

“Ouroboros” emerged as a manifestation of this ethos, embodying Sícoli’s quest for authenticity and unapologetic self-expression. Drawing inspiration from mythology and ancient wisdom – Ouroboros*, Juliana Sícoli infused her work with timeless symbolism, thereby bridging the gap between past and present. By reinterpreting these archetypal motifs through a contemporary lens, she sought to evoke universal emotions and provoke introspection.

The series comprises photographs featuring an enigmatic, traditional carousel, a symbol rich in metaphorical significance. However, Sícoli’s portrayal subverts expectations, rendering the object unrecognizable and abstracted. This intentional ambiguity extends to the human figures within the scenes, denying viewers the ability to identify or relate to specific individuals. Instead, the focus lies on capturing the essence of movement, instability, and urgency permeating the imagery.

“These photos of Juliana impress us by capturing in a split second an almost cinematic scene or even a video. Through that object, a carousel, she leads us to the perception of the ephemeral, the dematerialized. The element of color simply dissipates in space. In these images, she seeks to find another nature for the photographic object, in order to create her own universe within art.”

Anna Bella Geiger

Color plays a pivotal role in conveying the sensory experience of the carousel’s whirl. Sícoli’s palette defies categorization, transitioning fluidly between hues without adherence to traditional boundaries. This dissolution of color serves to underscore the primacy of motion and process over static form, emphasizing the relentless flux inherent in contemporary existence.

From a contemporary art perspective, “Ouroboros” transcends mere visual representation, inviting viewers into a realm of conceptual exploration. Through her deliberate abstraction and manipulation of familiar symbols, the artist confronts viewers with questions of identity, temporality, and societal fragmentation. Each photograph becomes a meditation on the perpetual quest for meaning amidst the chaos of modern life, challenging audiences to confront their own existential uncertainties.

In essence, “Ouroboros” serves as a testament to the transformative potential of art as a catalyst for collective introspection and societal critique. Juliana Sícoli’s bold reinterpretation of ancient motifs underscores the enduring relevance of mythological symbolism in navigating the complexities of contemporary existence.

Through her work, she invites viewers to embark on a journey of self-discovery and reflection, transcending the confines of time and convention.

“In the fabric of time, intertwined are the cycles of life, like the eternal Ouroboros in dance.

Each image, an invitation to contemplate the ephemeral nature of existence, which never ceases to renew itself.

Within the same second, a world unfolds, like a mirror reflecting the life that extends. Each moment, a universe – in an eternal spectacle where time seems to flee.” – Juliana Sícoli.