The pieces in the show invite in certain instances an understanding of the relationship of the individual with the environment from a perspective of alienation and entrapment, bringing forward questions about personal vulnerability within a context of social and, perhaps it could be said, existential aggression. This landscape of ideas also opens spaces where the consequences of or the reaction produced by such hostility become actual effects on the ‘other’, revealing their own absurdity and barbarism. A number of works find their subject in collective forms of hatred both from the side of those in protest against repressive social forces and the same organized government war machines crushing down populations and peer rivals.
The exploration of the issue of hostility brings forward in the case of some of the participant artists a more humorous or cynical ‘take’ where victim and perpetrator become caricatures or archetypes of actual personal or collective drama, extending the subject to political or anthropological comment. Sexuality and the primal is certainly one of the undercurrents in the exhibition: phallic aggression, human vulnerability, or the interwoven relationship between the emotional and the sexual are palpable subjects in some of the works.
Overall the show aims to present a polarization of artworks which focus on the one hand on a dramatic or darker vision of the issue of hostility both within the individual and the institutional or collective, and the lighter version of the similar human drama where political issues or human insecurity and frustration are reduced to humorous commentary or an statement of impotence against inescapable human nature.
Twenty-six artists have been included in the exhibition; one winner selected by public vote will have the opportunity to prepare for a solo show at the end of 2016.
Artists: Ronis Varlaam, Vanessa Short, Naifei Wu, Jaeyeon Yoo, Richard Niman, Michael Hazel, Olivia Johnson, Ben Coiacetto, Tom Cardew, Owen Oppenheimer, Pablo Saura, Sophie Marguerite Adams, Fionn Wilson, Stella Winskell-Moore, François Larini, Ben Walker, Robbie O’Keeffe, Grassy Noel, Susan Eyre, Rodrigo B. Camacho, Daniel Wechsler, Rhiannon Lewando, Monika Tobel, Jean Neaj, Steph Goodger, Paul Mitchell.