Playing Dead 1
Series of 3 colour prints,
100 x 100 cm
This exhibition was curated by art historian Andréa Holzherr, Magnum Photos Paris and Barbara Zürcher, Director of Haus für Kunst Uri, in collaboration with Patricia Asbaek, CCA Andratx.
Although we have all passed through it, childhood is a time of which we, as adults, have only limited memories; a mysterious place, mystified and charged with reminiscence.
The theme of childhood evokes numerous questions - What does it feel like to be a child? How does a child discover the world? And ultimately, how does a child appropriate the world? The fact that the child's perception of the world is inaccessible to the adult probably increases our fascination with childhood.
Childhood is not a precise concept. In western culture the word usually designates a phase of human development situated between infancy and puberty.
Although childhood is conditioned by cultural and social factors it is lived individually and remembered subjectively. This is one of the reasons why the term childhood encompasses multiple and sometimes contradictory attributes like innocence, purity and bliss, but also shame, helplessness and fear.
The theme of childhood as a mythical and utopian place is a motif often used by artists in exploring methods of expression based on self-examination. The exhibition "Myth of Childhood" does not aim to analyze childhood from a historical or sociological point of view but instead strives to examine ways in which childhood is perceived and represented in contemporary art.
In this exhibition, through the use of mediums such as paint, installation, sculpture, video and photography, over 15 international artists explore aspects of the theme of childhood. Each of the works shown in the exhibition is representative of a critical and subjective point of view in relation to the theme.