Disaster: an event or accident that causes great distress or destruction. A Disaster is also a complete failure.
Diastr: an accidental event that explores creativity on the brink of great distress, impending failure and possible destruction.
An exhibition co-curated by Philip Cole (Phoenix) & Alistair Duncan (the garden)
At a time with harsh cuts abound and the worthiness and importance of all of our jobs and roles are being calibrated and called into question; when economic and ecological crisis threaten to overwhelm us, Diastr considers the role of the artist and his or her contribution to this impending apocalypse.
The starting point for this exhibition is the undercurrent of anxiety and vulnerability, the feeling of being like a small player in the big scheme, sharing in the disasters that befall all of us at one time or another, personal, political or religious. Heaven and hell!
In this apocalyptic exhibition artists with different practices respond to the times in which we live, reflecting the society in which we are immersed and the dilemmas which are all around us. Can the artist assert life and beauty as well as the world's pain and loss? Are there any grounds for optimism, glimpsed visions of beauty or of new beginnings? Diastr is the last exhibition of the year and of the decade; expect uncertainty, explore with curiosity and enjoy an apocalyptic experience!
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