THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND
Vernissage May 15, 7-10pm
Alexander Ponomarev, Maya: A Lost Island, Barents Sea, 2000.gif of dual channel video
Mohamed Azzam Axza
Bik Van der Pol
Just as John Donne reported his discovery – that ‘no man is an island, entire of itself’, but ‘a piece of the continent, a part of the main’ – so Thoreau announced that 'the smallest stream is a Mediterranean sea'. In the particular, macro potential is revealed. Since Plato, through Defoe and Swift, via Gauguin, and in the work of numerous contemporary artists the island figure has been employed to negotiate relationships between the real and the imaginary, utopia and dystopia, selfhood and otherness, centre and periphery. This exhibition charts the topography of this intellectual archipelago – interrogating the possibility of isolation in the 21st Century.