Art constantly poses questions regarding the world in which we live. Nowadays, those works capable of provoking critical awareness of our social, political and cultural present are particularly significant. This exhibition is made up of works from the “la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection, which in recent years has acquired the work of a good number of artists from a wide range of geopolitical contexts and with a great capacity for processing the reality in which we live in an aesthetic form.
Going under the title Turbulence, the exhibition highlights the multiplicity of poetic voices and narratives relating to a world which is no longer understood from unique or dominant perspectives. It also reflects the rising awareness of art as a result of the unrest brought on by the contradictions of globalisation which, despite having connected us all, has also heightened social inequalities, populism, racism and the mass migratory movement of a growing number of dispossessed individuals aspiring to attain a Western lifestyle of wellbeing and consumption.
But the turbulence of recent decades do not stop the world from continuing to be open to collective connections, to inter-cultural dialogues and free speech. Perhaps art can contribute to strengthening ties and to generating a greater awareness of the social environment, by lending it a heightened visibility. The critical gaze of the artist is exercised through the symbolic, the imaginary and the poetic, and their intention is for it to be us, those viewing the works, to give meaning to their work and their reflections.