Phoenix Brighton is delighted to announce the event Artists in Conversation: Mortality and Art, which accompanies the exhibition Memoria by artist Alex Peckham.
What is loss? Have we fallen into a maelstrom of everyday activities and obligations at the expense of our own spiritual well-being? In a largely secular society, what is spirituality? Time can pass quickly and we are often left trying to overcome experienced loss whilst the rest of the world seems to have moved on.
Mortality is one of the oldest themes in art and yet in a contemporary world that prizes the material and the rational, it is generally not favoured as a topic for discussion. Death undermines the rational, reminding us that in one sense, everything is pointless. Equally art is not rational, it does not exist to serve society but instead to interrogate it, explore it, perhaps to subvert or criticise it. So perhaps art is uniquely placed to help us understand this most inescapable of realities?
Joining us to discuss these questions, and explore their views surrounding mortality and the influence it has on their practice, will be artists Alex Peckham, Rachael Allen and Lorenza Ippolito. Each artist will present their views in a short thirty-minute talk, followed by an open discussion inviting the audience to ask questions and share their own thought son the issues raised.
A bar serving refreshments will be available throughout the event.