3.2. – 13.3.22

Polar Opposites


Opening  February 3, 2022, 7pm

Exhibition period  3.2. – 13.3.22

Artists  Keturah Cummings, Lucinda Dayhew, Carol Anne McChrystal

Curated by  Keturah Cummings, Lucinda Dayhew, Carol Anne McChrystal

A polar oppo­si­te is a ten­si­on as well as a geo­gra­phi­cal anchor. Geographically, the term refe­ren­ces the dia­metri­cal­ly oppo­si­te points of a sphe­re or anti­po­dal points on pla­net Earth, and are more com­mon­ly unders­tood as the North and South Poles. As an idi­om in the English lan­guage, it is used to descri­be peop­le who have oppo­si­te opi­ni­ons or characteristics.

Embodying a sen¬≠se of soli¬≠da¬≠ri¬≠ty across diver¬≠se geo¬≠gra¬≠phies, the work of Keturah Cummings, Lucinda Dayhew, and Carol Anne McChrystal is con¬≠nec¬≠ted by the¬≠ma¬≠tic com¬≠mo¬≠na¬≠li¬≠ties revol¬≠ving around urgent cul¬≠tu¬≠ral con¬≠ver¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠ons on femi¬≠nism, com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ty, and eco¬≠lo¬≠gy. Together, the work of the¬≠se three artists explo¬≠res the lite¬≠ral and meta¬≠pho¬≠ri¬≠cal frame¬≠works of ‚Äúpolar oppo¬≠si¬≠tes‚ÄĚ on local, glo¬≠bal, and micro¬≠cos¬≠mal scales.

Changes to the globe‚Äôs land¬≠s¬≠capes and resour¬≠ces are acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ting as humans geo-engi¬≠neer, extract, ter¬≠ra¬≠form, and modi¬≠fy Earth to feed glo¬≠bal sup¬≠ply chains. In turn, the¬≠se modi¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons mould the ent¬≠an¬≠gled and ine¬≠qui¬≠ta¬≠ble rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips bet¬≠ween the Global North and South.

The rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips bet¬≠ween the¬≠se geo¬≠gra¬≠phies and their eco¬≠lo¬≠gies reve¬≠al a glo¬≠bal emer¬≠gen¬≠cy. The three artists inclu¬≠ded in this exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on reco¬≠gni¬≠ze that the social sys¬≠tems under which they live are impli¬≠cit in this dest¬≠ruc¬≠tion and trans¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on:  the resul¬≠ting envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal impacts have fore¬≠ver trans¬≠for¬≠med their rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips with natu¬≠re and one ano¬≠t¬≠her. The sculp¬≠tures, vide¬≠os, sound works, and pho¬≠to¬≠graphs that emer¬≠ge from the¬≠se con¬≠nec¬≠tions con¬≠si¬≠der the ways in which high¬≠ly indi¬≠vi¬≠dua¬≠list cul¬≠tures work against plu¬≠ra¬≠list human natures.

The exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on will be com¬≠ple¬≠men¬≠ted by an artist talk and an online lec¬≠tu¬≠re seri¬≠es with various experts and artists, inclu¬≠ding a per¬≠for¬≠mance by the Treecore duo DDLD (( )) LDDD con¬≠sis¬≠ting of Dann Disciglio and Lucinda Dayhew, and an inter¬≠ac¬≠ti¬≠ve work by sound and soft¬≠ware artist Ashlin Aronin. The exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on ends with a finis¬≠sa¬≠ge ‚ÄĒ inclu¬≠ding a per¬≠for¬≠mance by Lucinda Dayhew & Dann Disciglio as well as the launch of the maga¬≠zi¬≠ne ‚ÄúHuman Nature‚ÄĚ.