Laura Lima > Marra

The Spiral and the Square

In Laura Lima’s live sculpture Marra, two naked men engage in a wrestling match. The men are joined together by a hood: it hides their faces and renders them anonymous, but also blinds them. The hood largely determines how the wrestlers respond to each other’s movements. They test their strength yet are simultaneously dependent on each other to stay balanced.

In a series of works, Laura Lima has studied how the human body appears when it is seen independent of any particular person. How does it appear when it comes up against physical limitations and strain, or when encountering objects and situations? Does the body become ‘just meat’ – a raw material the artist can use and the public can freely interpret?

Laura Lima was born in Governador Valadares, Brazil in 1971. She has a degree in philosophy from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and went on to study at the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro from 1991-94. She lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Marra will be presented at SKMU on selected weekends.
Each wrestling match lasts 4 hours, with a 15 minute break each hour.

The wrestling matches start at 12 noon on the following dates:
2 & 3 June
16 & 17 June
30 June & 1 July
28 & 29 July
11 & 12 August
25 & 26 August

Any changes in these dates will be announced on the museum’s webpages and on Facebook/