“Invisible Powers”

There is a thin line that separates life from death. This belief based the artistic research of Triny Prada, Colombian born Parisian by adoption, which now exhibits at Palazzo Bembo, a historic home at Rialto, the installation “Invisible Powers”, created with the collaboration of Abate Zanetti.

Following a car accident, the artist, bedridden for several months, began to read up on the biological mechanisms that govern life, specifically reading detailed articles on DNA and was fascinated by how much genetic information is present in a tangle of filaments. These interests have increased with time and today Triny Prada’s work is driven mainly by the desire to investigate the connections between the various forms of life on the planet.

In her previous edition of “Personal Structures” the artist had created an installation of sound and light, focusing on algae, as a primitive living organism. This new exhibition its water, responsible for life on earth, that inspires her work. Taking a closer look at the installation, which consists of 21 sculptures in Murano glass, Prada led a reflection on man’s relationship with science, which builds on the issues discussed regarding the actual memory of water.

This phenomenon was hypothesized for the first time in 1988 by the immunologist Jacques Benveniste, which, in order to provide a scientific basis to the principles of homeopathy, advanced the hypothesis that water is able to maintain a sort of memory of substances with which it comes into contact with. The research was singled out shortly after as a hoax, but the water memory concept was revived in 2011 by the Nobel Prize for the Luc Montagnier medicine, who discovered that some DNA sequences can cause low-frequency electromagnetic signals in highly diluted aqueous solutions, which subsequently retain memory of the characteristics of the same DNA. Montagnier and his colleagues explained the discovery as momentous, as it would contribute to the early detection of viruses and chronic diseases, thanks to the electromagnetic signals that the water in our body emits in the presence of the virus DNA, and the cure of them due to dilution of the active ingredients in the water itself.

In “Invisible Powers” Triny Prada blends together the suggestions obtained from this data with those concerning the studies of chemical Marc Henry about the similarity of water and light in the processes of diffusion and refers to the bio photons, in other words particles of light transmitted by DNA, which allow the passage of information between cells, and through the analysis of which you may come to diagnose the disease early.

The Invisible Powers, which then refers the artist, are but these capacities of water and light that our bodies possess. In light of this the 21 sculptures are nothing more than 21 cells, which thanks to the realization of glass get particular values of transparency and gloss, as well as a sort of solid liquidity. Each piece contains a kind of nucleus, which in turn traps bright particles, and is able to absorb the light and retransmit in the dark, showing a light and extremely poetic phenomenon.