Trading Zone 2019 reflects the precarious world in which we live. In the midst of the Extinction Rebellion movement and the ongoing turnmoil of Brexit, it shows us the results of fires caused by a plantation approach to forestry, teetering towers of people caught in a hierarchy and life within virtural bunkers.
Throughout however, there is still a sense of vibrancy and hope. These imaginative works are being made by emerging artists with the ability to reimagine our futures.
The artists often stretch the boundaries of their own diciplines. There is a writer who uses pottery to express his ideas, a sculptor who takes the approach of an archeologist to uncover unusual images and moments. There are artists who also stretch the boundaries of themselves, performing or contemplating the signs and symbols through which they are represented in society.
Trading Zone 2019 also shows the healthy diversity of the University community. One of these stories comes from the forests in Chile, another represents The Dust Enforcer – an entity from a science fiction book set in the Middle East. Another student talks about the enforced cotton plantation work in her home of Uzbekistan.
Eclectic, thought provoking and ranging across video, sculpture, installation and performance, Trading Zone 2019 is a student exhibition not to be missed.