Fear Nothing, She Says. When Art Reveals Mystic Truths



Coedition: Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Curator: Rosa Martínez

Design: Hermanos Berenguer

20 x 16’5 cm. 184 pages. Softcover

ISBN: 978-84-608-3016-0

Price: 25€


“The exhibition Fear Nothing, She Says isn’t intended as a narrative or a descriptive essay on the life of Saint Teresa of Avila but rather as an affirmation of her condition as a woman and a female writer. The selected works reveal her boldness, her self-assurance and her resolve to understand that the most important mission of each human being is to discover the purpose of their lives, which is the strength that inspires artists to shape their visions over and again, to venture, to destroy and to begin again. Deliberate and continued cultivation of their gifts prompts artists to try and attain the rapture of true creation. Similarly, by inviting him to take part in the renovation of the Carmelite order, Teresa offered Juan de la Cruz a radical path towards ‘risk and change, perfection and utopia,’ and contributed to the emergence of the greatest verses in universal mysticism from ‘resounding loneliness’. The artists and the works in this exhibition express in a variety of ways their need to explore the mystery of existence, as declared by its subtitle: ‘When art reveals mystic truths.’ Mysticism is a difficult path of approximation to reality understood as that which is most profound, most true, the mystery of the communion between the self and the whole.”

Rosa Martínez. Fear Nothing, She Says (Text from the book).

The twenty-one contemporary artists have been chosen for their thematic, conceptual, existential or political affinities with the figure and the legacy of Teresa of Avila: Marina Abramovic, Anila Quayyum Agha, José Ramón Ais, Pilar Albarracín, Francis Alÿs, Miquel Barceló, Louise Bourgeois, Dora García, Anish Kapoor, Waqas Khan, Kimsooja, Cristina Lucas, Bruce Nauman, Nikos Navridis, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cai Guo-Qiang, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Soledad Sevilla, Josefa Tolrà, Eulalia Valldosera and Bill Viola.
Exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Escultura de Valladolid, November 17, 2015–February 28, 2016, organised by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).