Exhibitions at CCA Andratx: Crossing Borders in time and space
ibwirtschaft.com - lunes, 22 de mayo 2017 | 6:00 Hrs.
The Center for Contemporary Art CCA Andratx at the edge of the Tramuntana in the southwest of Majorca has been a melting pot of discussion and investigation of relevant contemporary thinking and artistic practice.over the last 16 years. Therefore, it is no coincidence that two of the current exhibitions investigate the predominant issues of border control from two different approaches.
On one side, imaginative borders are what Rencontre Fabuleuse explores. The show curated by Jens Erik Sørensen, presented as a fairytale meeting between the renown CoBrA artist Carl-Henning Pedersen and the sculptor HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, encompasses the entirety of the Kunsthalle and dives into the never-ending world of fantasy. As a critical reaction towards two major turning points in the 20th Century – WWII and 1969 – both artists propose the naïve abstraction (Carl-Henning Pedersen) and fantastic realism (HRH Prince Henrik) as a universal language to overcome the borders of reality.
We Shall Come Over
In the CCA Gallery a similar protest is taking place, however born in a different era. The 21st Century is at stake and even though the circumstances are different, the British artist Shane Bradford underscores the massive mobilization, thus the issue is still the same: How do we navigate in a time dominated by borders?
In a twist on the original emotive slogan “we shall overcome”, We Shall Come Over, as the title sounds, indicates an error of contemporary proportions. Born in the post-truth era, WSCO raises the sail of a new journey, one without stops or destinations.
Influenced by his own childhood memories of being deported from California, due to his parents lack of working visa, Bradford explores the notions of home (or the absence of it) in a time of great human mobilization.
“When the Towers came down, all bets were off. All that we thought of as permanent was instantly uprooted, loosed from its mooring, and began drifting in the warm and rising sea, heralding a new age of dislocation. The Great Migration is underway and it is as much a movement of the mind; away from the default position of Nationhood and the sedentary notion of self. (…)We are all aliens here”, Shane Bradford