“What makes you human isn’t some sort of human soul. Your ‘essence’ is disloyal to your form”, says Juliana Cerqueira Leite
. The Brazilian artist, who moved to London to study and pursue an artistic career outside of the traditional education system, has been exploring the materiality of the human body and what it means to be human through her work. With a highly demanding and complex process that entails sculpture but also performance, Cerqueira Leite creates huge pieces embedded with personal histories, trauma, but also a more global, collective consciousness. With the exhibition Orogenesi/Orogenesis
on view at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli until September 23, we speak with her about her collaboration with an MIT professor, our galaxy and outer space, and being a woman from the global South.