Today is March 22, 2022, exactly 2 years have passed since the launch of the Strange Time project, which began as a response to the global Covid-19 pandemic and brought together 54 artists from around the world. But before the pandemic ended, the war began in Ukraine, which also engulfed the entire world consciousness and is actively evolving, and together with it the Strange Time entered a new phase.
I still believe that, contrary to the usual logic, art, with its intuitive, metaphorical and often paradoxical properties, shows us the most realistic picture of the world. And today the viewer has a unique opportunity to explore all the components of this picture in detail and form their impression of the world order through the prism of the artistic vision of talented artists from all over the world.
Let’s take a look back, to the 22 March 2020…
Art has never had barriers or been constrained by parameters of physical space. That is until now, where global events have forced new constraints.
Our communities and economies have been drastically altered both globally and locally due to the impact of Covid-19. Borders and countries are closing themselves in on the world. Ethics and human rights are being challenged in order to limit the spread of the virus. Our experience has shown us that sometimes in order to be ethical, unethical means are necessary. In this world in crisis, systemic issues hidden within our society, waiting for the right time to manifest themselves, have found their catalyst — Covid-19.
In response, a large-scale virtual international art exhibition has been created by the contemporary Ukrainian artist Stepan Ryabchenko within the framework of the creative association Art Laboratory in collaboration with the Ukrainian House National Center. The goal of the art exhibition is to host a platform where artists from multiple countries, generations, and viewpoints have a place to present their points of view of this Strange Time.
As the world freezes in uncertainty, we are desperately looking for ways of salvation and answers to the endless stream of questions flooding us. Some could consider this a time of fear and loss, but is it not also a time to modify our expectations, give us new challenges and provide us opportunities to make the world better?
This is what we at Strange Time strive to provide. A place to show what creative energy is aimed at today and how the artist sees this time. Because in times of uncertainty, art has been one of the first places that tries to shine a light into the darkness to help us find the way to reveal a new world and a new system of relations. The project was created on the principle of a constantly developing living organism, and so of the virus itself, but as an artistic antidote.
Art matters! Strange Time gives art space, where it can let its voice be heard and where it can count!