November 1, 2020 – January 30, 2021 / Curators: Raul Zamudio and Ethan Cohen
1Exhibition Gallery 7-9 / 7-9 號展廳作品選

Gallery 7 / 7號展廳

Ethan Cohen is introducing Isaac Aden’s painting of Marcel Duchamp work to the five-year-old artist, Milo.

科恩在向五歲小藝術家 Milo 介紹杜尚作品

Gallery 8 / 8 號展廳

Performing: 48 hours / 藝術家48 小時行為表演

Gallery 9 / 9 號展廳

Mr. Cohen introducing the Japanese artist, Kei Ito’s photograms based on his body as the camera and the sun as the exposure along with the sound artist Andrew Paul Keiper whose grandfather was an engineer on the development of the nuclear bomb. Kei Ito’s grandfather was a survivor from the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. These two artists have come together in the spirit of love and understanding how such a thing as the dropping a nuclear bomb onto a populations could happen and what are the questions we need to address to prevent something like this to occur again?

科恩先生在介紹日本藝術家 Kei Ito 關于核爆題材的裝置作品

What do Pablo Picasso’s   Guernica  (1937), Alfredo Jaar’s   Rwanda Project  (1994-98), Teresa Serrano’s   Amapola  (2017), and Yoko Ono’s   Dream Together  (2020) have in common? They individually focus on traumatic events such as, respectively, the bombing of a Spanish city, genocide in Rwanda, drug wars and femicide in a Mexican city that borders the USA, and the current Covid-19, global pandemic. Each work cited, of which there are many more in the history of art with similar themes, is characterized by a unique aesthetic that doesn’t diminish any of its content but rather impacts the viewer in direct or oblique ways. It can be, however, ostensibly problematic to ponder these works as art because of the very nature of their subject matter; and this is not unlike Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others  (2003) and its thesis of art’s innate difficulty in addressing catastrophe to those who do not directly experience it.

Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty  is an exhibition of international artists that work in diverse media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, sound art and performance that explores a myriad of topical subject matter in a world of uncertainty. And similar to the exhibition’s title culled from the eponymous aphorism of a 17th century theologian, the exhibited artworks equally offer hope and, akin to an enlightening dawn, to break through one of the darkest moments we currently find ourselves in our collective, human history.


We live with art 我们生活在艺术之中

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