23.10.2020 > 28.11.2020
Sala d’audiències del Claustre del Carme, Maó
5.12.2020 > 9.1.2021
Sala municipal d’exposicions El Roser, Ciutadella
Albert Camus’s work “Jonah, or the Artist at Work” ends when the painter Jonah, facing an empty canvas, merely writes in the tiniest letters a word that seems to say “solitary” or maybe “solidary”. The artist’s social commitment and his or her vulnerability have prompted the Menorca Island Council to promote this collective exhibition within its Rescat Cultural Menorca (Menorca Cultural Rescue) programme.
Throughout history, pandemics have stirred imagination and artistic creation with proposals that may be spiritual, political, aesthetic, conceptual or to keep a record – sometimes even as exorcisms. Death, fear, resilience, distrust, hope or liberation float over contemporary artistic production, now that certain beliefs, certain values and numerous social and political structures are being questioned.
The participating artists present works conceived in this period. They are works that reflect on lived experience, senses and thought in four spheres that define the current time. The threat of sacrificing one’s health to an invisible enemy makes our intrinsic fragility manifest. Nature continues to impose its laws despite the mastery humans claim over it. Our relationship with the physical environment, our living in the world, a globalised world, has acquired a new meaning. Likewise, our life in society is subject to increasing social control that leaves the democratic principles in a fragile state.
These twenty-four Menorcan artists form a chorus of voices who, through video, performance, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation art question, inspire and/or console us.