Given our hypermodern lifestyle, it becomes compulsory to question the individual construction of meaning. Simultaneously; traditional contexts, interpretations and benchmarks unravel; they merge into one another and transform, anew. Often, only the means of self-assurance seems certain.
A glance at social media illustrates how this is played out: characterised by a continuous search for meaning and identity, the pursuit of uniqueness becomes an expression of a respective individual's personality. These attributes are associated with specific fashion and sports trends, music and art exhibitions, the right choice of food – meanwhile we "curate" everything that comes under our noses; indeed everything ultimately succumbs to this ideal of supposed autonomy.
However, to what extent is this ideal a fallacy? In the group exhibition Portrait Extended
the artists take into account the search for identity, image and origin. To what extent are we autonomous, or ruled by outside forces? How much power does the past have for the present-day? For one, the exhibition explores the staging of the self, not only in contrast to social identity but also to transience.