Museum of African Contemporary Art , Marrakech, Morocco
The exhibition explores matter and its symbolic significance, in a plurality of dimensions and formal experiences, crossing various discourses in the service of a new aethetic.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos presents a multisensoriel installation "DO touch and smell". An installation that questions the physical connections existing between the viewer and the art work in an exhibition setting. In this work she offers visitors an opportunity to interact in a more direct and intimate way with the various materials present in the exhibition and reconsider along the way their experience of it. She collaborated with professional perfumers from Givaudan perfume to create an interpretation of the scent of materials found in the exhibition. Inside the installation, the visitor faces a large wall covered with hundreds of sorbaroards whose caps are made of stone, plaster, wool, sugar, iron...and each containing inside the fragrances attached to that same material. Visitors are encouragred to remove the cap and smell the fragrance while holding in their hand that material. Deprived from the all-too-obvious visual dimension of it, they can now engage into their own personal olfactory and tactile journey into the world of materials to capture their essence.