Pieza 5 Non-Slave Tenderness 113 1331, 2018

Sculpture, Total dimensions: 200 x 110 x 40 cm

Cables, glass, tubes, plaster, fluorescent lights, water and sounds make up the sculptural landscapes of Lucía C. Pino. The series called Non-Slave Tenderness is the result of a practice that regards sculpture and the object as a formal and conceptual inquiry into possible dystopian landscapes. Each of the works in the series, composed as an assemblage of industrial waste materials or newly-created objects, refers in some way to a world that no longer distinguishes the toxic and residual element from the biological or biotic.

Rather than automata or mechanical widgets, C. Pino builds bodies that are closer to the idea of the organism: hybrid objects that explore the crystallisation of viscosity, the notion of sediment and also light, an important element. They concentrate physical or static matter but also movement, reinforced by a sprawling structure formed by cables, glass and tubes. Conceived as strange birds or new cells, they seem to be incubating some new future reality. Following her presentation at Espai 13 of the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, in 2018, C. Pino explained: ‘I wanted to create a science-fiction landscape, a speculative one with a series of systems and mechanisms which would place different bodies at a level of equivalence. (...) Some of them are self-illuminated, bodies created with different materials and processes, with more or less identifiable layers.’

Seen as a whole, these objects form an organic landscape where each element, whether physical or computer-generated, whether in the form of a wave or an electron, is immersed in a broader structure that involves us all. The intention is for the viewer to feel that they are part of a larger reality and a new way of relating: a relationship between the different components of the whole (including people) that is not one of submission, but of symbiosis and correspondence. In the presentation of the works at the Fundació Joan Miró in 2018, the curator of the exhibition, Alexandra Laudo, wrote: ‘The sculptures, conceived as live bodies, prefigure an environment where relationships of extraction and submission have fallen behind, and where a new system of correspondences emerges.’ And in the presentation of the work at the Blanquerna Cultural Centre, Madrid, in 2022, as part of the joint exhibition with Antoni Llena, PANTA REI. Everything Flows, the curator Antònia Maria Perelló added: ‘In an attempt to establish new forms of relationship, C. Pino tries to reinvent the links that humans have with matter by creating an imaginary, non-hierarchical landscape. (...) A politicised subject who seeks enjoyment and political action through an aesthetic, a political being who knows that the present is a collapsed world, but who retains intuitions and suspicions, with a certain degree of hope.’

Technical details

Original title:
Pieza 5 Non-Slave Tenderness 113 1331
Registration number:
Pino, Lucía C.
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
Object type:
Total dimensions: 200 x 110 x 40 cm (height x width x depth)
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Contemporary Art
© Lucía C. Pino
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