Progress of mankind is shaped by a constant flux of evolution and revolution. Nothing remains as it is. Nothing stands still. Everything permanently transforms into alternative states. The history of mankind is a complex story of constant change, where crises play a fundamental role. They mean interruption in the way how we live, how we see and how we understand the world. That is the reason why crises are a chance for reevaluating the world and the way how we live in it.
Currently, besides various socio-political, economic, and ecological crises, we experience the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on our personal habits and work environment. We stay at home, work at home, and fear direct contact with other humans. Getting to close to people is dangerous these days. This new form of isolation can be understood as the current peak of modern man’s disruption from nature, from social togetherness and from life itself.
Right now, everybody is crying out for a New Normal. Indeed, this term underlines that there is a chance for us to create alternative ways of living. Indeed, all together, we must decide how this New Normal should look like.
The exhibition Again discusses how we can proceed from here, and what role artists can play in shaping the New Normal. The show askes how a new relationship with the world could be shaped. It reviews our relationship with nature, with culture, with politics, with the city and with other people. This is the reason why the artists of the exhibition critically reflect on how we can again can relate to nature, how we again can be engaged in society, and how we again take part in constructively and positively connect with the world.
In the end, every crisis means a chance for a change. I sincerely hope that this change will lead us to healthier grounds for building of a more humanist social togetherness. In this context, I believe that artists can help us finding alternative insights in the world for getting beyond the given status quo and for discovering new possibilities for a Better Normal.