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‘Valley’ by Karolina Halatek

Valley is a large scale installation that invites the viewer to the pure space that recalls a glacier crevice or the passage between skyscrapers. Two white parallel walls create an inclusive dimension where the perspectives are shifted and directions simplified. This new space enables the viewers to experience light in an abstract form. Upon entering the work alone, it can be used as a tool of mindful exercise where attention to the here and now increases or evokes new ways of seeing; a transformative experience. But you might possibly collide with others, generating a meeting between strangers known in urban settings. The title of the work refers to the Valley of Shadow and Death described in Psalms, however, Haletek reverses it by creating the Valley of Light where the white narrow gate optically expands the space inviting the viewers to a surprising dimension of the light.

About the exhibition:

Alone Together zooms in on ideas of solitude and togetherness in contemporary society. The exhibition asks questions such as: What does contemporary solitude mean? How does it relate to feelings of loneliness? Can we consider loneliness not in individual terms, but as the result of more structural forces, be they social, cultural, economic, technological or architectural in nature? How do we connect in today’s society? What is the quality of our interactions/connection, and which role do (social and communication) technologies play in this? Together, the artists of Alone Together invite to explore all shades of solitude and togetherness. While potentially confronting, the exhibition and festival might offer at the same time recognition, solace and hope. For the lonely ones are a hundred million strong.

Exhibition venue: STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound, Leuven, Belgium.
Exhibition dates: 13.02-1.03.2020.

Image credit: Kristof Vrancken

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