Crisis of Presence, Pori Art Museum, Finland
16 September 2016 – 29 January 2017
Inaki Bonillas, Alina Chaiderov, Nanna Debois Buhl, LaToya Ruby Frazier, François-Xavier Gbré, Leslie Hewitt , Paolo Icaro, Concha Jerez, Adrian Melis, Marzena Nowak, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Camilo Yànez, Katarina Zdjelar.
Curated by Luigi Fassi
Italian anthropologist Ernesto de Martino’s concept of “the crisis of presence” describes the individual’s experience in the face of events that undermine the founda ons of iden ty. The « Crisis of Presence” exhibition examines this theme through the work of fourteen international contemporary artists.
The “Crisis of Presence” exhibition project serves as an interpretative model for a thematic analysis built around the works of different contemporary artists active in the European, African, and American environments. European colonial history and its effects on migratory flows both past and present, the legacy of real socialism in Eastern Europe and Cuba, the new influence of Asian capitalism in the Third World as well as the economic and political crisis in Europe and the concurrent global rise of authoritarian right-wing politics, all these are among the main themes addressed by the featured artists.