TRIAD is pleased to present “SHIELDS | BOUCLIERS”, a project by Virginia Ryan and René Peña.

Both artists works investigates the relationship between white and black, between contrast and contact, between the object – the ‘prima materia’, whether skin, or found objects stranded on a beach – and the often visceral relationship born from the transformation of ‘raw’ material, whether our own skin-surface in the case of Peña or that of abandoned debris, as in Ryan’s large objects of contemplation. As both artists remind us, many ancient shields were originally made of skin – the two artists circulate notions of time, of departure and return, of body-memory colliding with contemporary power-object to meditate on collective histories, both within and beyond the individual physical body.