The project presented by Enrique Ramírez for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020, rea rms the notion of art as a questioning of the world. It invites viewers to imagine their vision as having the power to overcome hurdles and penetrate the depths of history. As the artist reminds us, “Marcel Duchamp used to say that vision penetrates matter without breaking it. Uncertainty pushes back the boundaries of the world, because we accept to learn again
how to experience the landscape surrounding us, to hear once more the life which pulsates
by attaching itself to whatever it finds. Like a man at sea, clutching on to his boat, we hang on to this troubled world today, to the uncertainty of life, but also to its power to shape the new history which is being written between us. I consider uncertainty as a way of fighting fear,
of crossing the imaginary desert which haunts our darkest and most peaceful nights, but also, very probably and paradoxically, the brightest nights lit by a beam or an ocean of questions. We can take a boat or simply walk or fly! Let’s go! But to venture further, we have to get over numerous walls, unless we close our eyes to pass through matter without breaking it.
Yet closing our eyes is an act of trust in the world…”
January 22, 2019