Kristin Hjellegjerde, London
Ruprecht Von Kaufmann, Florine Demosthene, Athar, Chris Agnew, Dawit Abebe, Juliette Mahieux Bartoli, Martine Poppe, Soheila Sokhanvari, Ephrem Solomon, Mohamed Lekleti, Sverre Malling & Daniel Malva
With our group show “New Portraiture” for VOLTA13 we are inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s book “Sapiens”. The book charts humanity from our earliest times and origins to the present day in order to analyse our current time as well as the future. Harari explains that, while we started out as insignificant organisms and animals, fast forward millennia and we are now being transformed into masters of the universe, as well as the ultimate terror on the planet’s eco systems. The questions we are forced to ask ourselves include: what do we really want? Are we creating a future that gives immortality to only the few privileged and rich? What is ethical? We are surrounded by narcissistic self portraits, as if we were self-made Gods. Who are we, the book asks, to believe we are above nature? The artists presented here reflect these questions, as they create their own versions of Sapiens – humanity and identity are examined in a variety of new portraits, deconstructing and re-analyzing the essence of self – sometimes fractured, often obscured, but always peering under the skin to examine the core beneath.