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Ernesto Neto / One Day We Were All Fish and The Earth's Belly/ 2018

24 November - 19 January 2019
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg 24 November – 19 January 2019

One day we were all fish and the earth’s belly is Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s first solo exhibition on the African continent. Arriving at a time of great political and environmental turbulence across the globe, Neto’s exhibition offers a grounding perspective on the nature of life and the value we should attach to its miraculous occurrence.

At the center of the exhibition is Neto’s large-scale immersive sculpture Um dia todos fomos peixes (One Day We Were all Fish). The installation, which was originally commissioned for the Blueproject Foundation in Barcelona, fills the main atrium of the gallery in a knitted blue net scented with aromatic spices, inviting visitors to be present and relax into the atmosphere created by the work.


Cotton crochet, cotton knit crochet, polyamide tulle, polymide sock, cotton tulle, semiprecious stones, wooden pins, raw cotton blanket, pot and ceramic pot gravel
Work: 400 x 800 x 1080 cm
Printed cotton fabric and wooden knobs
Work: 190 x 300 x 6 cm