Dreaming in Public
Curated by Brian Curtin
Gallery Soulflower Basement Level Silom Galleria Bangkok
15 May – 25 July 2009
Opening Reception and Book Launch:
Friday 15 May from 6.30pm
RSVP: Ms. Oui +6626300032
Her Excellency Latha Reddy Indian Ambassador to Thailand
and all the artists will be in attendance on the opening night.
Gallery Soulflower is delighted to announce its first major exhibition and publication for 2009. Dreaming in Public showcases new work by major artists from India and Thailand. The title is a definition of visual art that gains its potency because of a variety of implications. Dreaming can refer to unconscious thought processes the infinite and amorphous world of the imagination extrasensory perception desire and ambition in terms of change ideal experience and much more in terms of theory and history. The idea of public on the other hand is definitively distinct from general notions of the private and the personal commonly afforded to the state of dreaming. Ideas of public include community and consensus.
Dreaming in Public asks how notions of both ‘dreaming’ and ‘public’ may be affected less by their juxtaposition than mutual infiltration. How are notions of private and non-private personal and impersonal free-will and societal structures the conscious and unconscious and individual desires for a life different from contemporary realities understood through visual art? Dreaming in Public aims to focus on a certain radicalism implied by this title. Each of the artists draws on the rich suggestions of an ostensible dichotomy between different spheres of experience to insist on the challenge of forms of subjectivity implied by the idea of ‘dreaming’. The artworks included variously ask us to look anew at major issues with contemporary art practices: issues that include globalization national identity the influence of canonical art histories and the cultural significance of particular media.
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