Image: Ruth Eckland

Concept:

The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.


Image: Ellen Jantzen

James Paddock

Southampton, UK

'Lost Person'

Wall video installation (4 minutes)

Clinical and cutting, but ever candid: British contemporary visual artist James Paddock introduces his most recent work, ‘Lost Person’. The moving image piece directly targets a current social sore spot: mental health, as it holds a mirror up to a malignant loneliness that spreads throughout society today. Paddock plays on themes of detachment and isolation in his artwork and with his audience alike. As spectators look on helplessly at a man they see but cannot hear, the disconnection in this sociological metaphor gives us a pause for thought: who is lost here?