Under Constant Threat
Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre, Brazil
October 20 – December 2, 2012
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul presents a group show, Under Constant Threat, curated by José Bernardo de Souza.
This exhibition will show work which deals with the sense of fear that permeates our lives, whether they be cultural, political or economic. Since the end of the Cold War, the notion of risk has acquired new meaning; once the “common enemy” (the Communist regime) is gone, the perceived danger is everywhere, whether fictional or real. Under constant threat, we live in a permanent state of alert, waiting for new news, awaiting imminent danger. In this context, the immediacy and increased volume of information makes artistic production an important tool for reflecting on the status of the image and its power of representation in contemporary times.
Interesting works of art have been produced under the banner of fear; in search of a common thread that unifies these powerful works, an exhibit has been developed that will house video art, film, photography and video clips in order to investigate the strange age we live in, where social life is under constant threat due to urban violence and the growing military presence, while our emotional life suffers from the omnipresent sense of paranoia in relation to ourselves and to others.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will be presenting a series of film screenings centered around the themes of anxiety and violence which the exhibition seeks to explore.
Participating Artists: Bjorn Melhus, Cyprien Gaillard, Goran Skofic, William Peters, Ingmar Bergman, Maki Gherzi, Roman Gavras, Romy Pocztaruk, Skip Arnold, Veronika Veit and Shaun Gladwell.
For more information about the exhibition, look here.