“Whispering Civilizations” at Twist Art Gallery in Toronto
Opening Reception: Thursday October 3rd, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
The exhibition will be on display until October 25th at Twist Art Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, first floor, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm.
“Whispering Civilizations” marks the convergence of art, science and philosophy with the intention of pursuing the essential questions of our existence. The exhibition is more than a series of paintings, it should be seen as a “thought experiment” whose fundamental questions are “Is there a Genome of Civilizations? Are we able to decipher it?”
In the words of the artist:
“A subject that has become an obsession for me: civilizations. How are civilizations born? How do they develop? How do they fall, disappear and are reborn again? What factors contribute to their evolution? Can art help science and philosophy? Can art help humanity in finding answers to fundamental questions about our stay here on Earth? Can art help in finding solutions?
I’ve seen recently a documentary filmed in Antarctica. After a long winter a whole community of penguins is going north towards spring, food and survival. All of them, except one. A lone penguin that goes unexpectedly in the opposite direction – south – where the only thing waiting is the never ending ice. “Why?” asks the film maker? “I don’t know, answers the researcher, it is not the first one, we see this every year”.
Artists, scientists, philosophers are similar to that lone penguin. Without them taking the unknown road societies would ossify, civilizations would never evolve.
“Whispering Civilizations” attempts to draw a possible map of our past in the hope that it might help us reach a future thus avoiding a highly probable collapse.”