The future torments us, the past holds us back; this is why the present escapes us.
A group show with Elisabetta Benassi (Italy), Liliana Moro (Italy), Melik Ohanian (France), Namsal Siedlecki (Italy/USA)
Past/Present brings together works in diverse media that employ references and that focus on the concept of time and existence. The exhibition, a group show, extends beyond the usual boundaries of images, in their spatial and temporal dimensions, and stems from a reflection inspired by this particular “frozen” time we are living in due to Covid19 pandemia. One of the many consequences of the pandemic, is the change in our perception of time. The space of everyday life has undergone enormous limitations. The virus, unexpectedly, has put us and our lives on hold. Accustomed to looking at the future, today we live in uncertainty. Prisoners of the present, life has become mere survival, with no projection, if not the individual one. After years of progress, we live within the limits of the present and the impossibility of imagining the future: a great contradiction of our age. The exhibition explores the means and allegorical power of images, including self-perception, identity, memory and morality, while highlighting the many implications of the experience of time, its essence and its perception. Indeed, over the last year, time and life have shifted and brought us into the limits of the present.