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Persisting Realities

Press release


Persisting Realities

Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Vivian Caccuri, Ali M. Demirel, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Luciana Lamothe, Dorine van Meel, Helena Nikonole, Johannes Paul Raether, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mika Vainio, Tania Candiani, Rie Nakajima, Tabita Rezaire, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mika Taanila & Ø (Mika Vainio), Martin Tétreault & DIEB13


Societal formation is a process that is at times painful and at others joyful. It’s a progression that seems to eternally revolve around a set of questions, situations, and contexts that remain persistent, while only the cast of the play changes. 

As our societies are continuously pushed and pulled by a whirlwind of these forces, pressures, debates, and movements, we are faced with the challenges that come with continuous (re)negotiation. There are no stable positions we can take; a myriad of trajectories and momentums create a restless world. At once bound by tradition, yet in pursuit of progress, our society tasks us with the Sisyphean chore of moving ahead while searching for stable positions and meanings. These are the persisting realities we live in.

Continuous research and experimentation as well as the processual are the guiding principles of the artists in this exhibition, as they grapple with our ever-changing realities that insist on perpetually dragging up persistent issues, ranging from hierarchies, power struggles, and structural change, to conservatism and dogmatic resistance to change. Responding to uncertainty and flux, the artists of Persisting Realities hypothesise, untangle, and imagine ways of persevering. How might we cultivate joy? How do we find agency, and how do we locate or build common ground?

Part of CTM Festival