July 07, 2024 - July 28, 2024

RK Contemporary 32 Main Street Riebeek Kasteel

Annelie Janse van Rensburg | Jo Roets | Teresa Truda

"Duende" or "tener duende" ("having duende") can be loosely translated as possessing soul—a heightened state of emotion, expression, and heart. This artistic and musical term originates from the duende, a mythical creature in Spanish and Latin American folklore. El duende embodies the spirit of evocation—the mysterious power of art to deeply move a person.

Duende represents a heightened sense of passion and profound awe experienced when viewing art, watching a performance, or listening to music that deeply moves someone. The word duende carries a rich and nuanced meaning that is difficult to capture in a single English translation. It encompasses a range of emotions and sensations and is associated with a supernatural being or spirit influencing music, dance, and poetry.

Duende conveys a sense of magic, depth, and profound connection to the human spirit. It is an ineffable force—the raw, primal energy pulsing through flamenco dancers, mournful guitar strings, and whispered poetry. It embodies the ache of longing, the ecstasy of creation, and the haunting beauty of imperfection.

In art and creativity, duende refers to a mysterious quality or essence certain works of art possess. Experiencing duende creates a heightened sense of connection to the moment, as if time slows down and the world falls away, leaving only the raw essence of the present. This results in strong emotional resonance and a feeling of being deeply moved by the art. It evokes mystery and enchantment, tapping into something primal and otherworldly, and manifests a profound sense of awe and wonder.

In the presence of duende, art transcends mere aesthetics and becomes a living entity. Each artist’s relationship with duende is unique—a dance between inspiration and vulnerability. Each artwork serves as a conduit for introspection and connection, transcending language to resonate deeply with the human experience. In this convergence of artistic expression, we celebrate the transformative power of duende—an unseen force that breathes life into artworks.

Through our diverse mediums, we invite you to explore this liminal space, to linger and reflect on the deeper aspects of life and humanity. Join us in celebrating the captivating allure of duende and the potential of human creativity to move, provoke, and awaken the senses.


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