23 February – 8 April 2018
In our age of globalisation we are reminded at every turn of how “reality finds itself split apart”, and we are liable to agree, in the abstract, with the proposition that dichotomies and contraries are not necessarily complementary, that they might never resolve into a harmonious totality of yin and yang, but could remain forever mutually exclusive and antagonistic.
The works in this exhibition by Nick Danziger, Merilyn Fairskye, Ciara O’Brien, David Stephenson, Martin Walch and Anne Zahalka set up conflicting perspectives that highlight some of the more troubling aspects of our globalised age. In obvious ways recent history has ramped-up the violence and extremism that Picasso had hoped to harness in his rapports de grand écart – rapports of flagrantly mismatched, very remotely interconnected, seemingly incompatible phenomena. In even the most perfunctory effort to describe the characteristic phenomena of our age, we are struck time and again by how much the world is out of joint – by incredible disparities in the circumstances and conditions of different parts of society and different parts of the world, in people’s lived experience and what they can possibly hope for. One word we require in this consideration – the word we may be reaching for – is: incommensurable.
“Living with this kind of cognitive dissonance is simply part of being alive in this jarring moment in history,” Naomi Klein has commented.
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