Art and domestic environment
26 Mar 2020, 6:57 pm
The quarantine caused by the pandemic puts society under an unprecedented regime of paradoxes. Social distance unites us, public space and exchanges must happen as virtually as possible and we no longer touch the people we love. As a common denominator, the main effect of the sudden change in daily life is confinement to the home environment. Our home is now the main stage for practically all day and night activities, and the uncertain prospects for the end of the seclusion period invite us to review habits and discover new vocations.
The home is, par excellence, the privileged place of intimacy and coexistence with those closest to you. Homes are small museums of personal stories, which hold all kinds of objects and architectures full of unprecedented memories. There are homes that are a prison, homes that are only temporary, and homes that give a sense of freedom that only absolute privacy allows. The lingering atmosphere of the quarantine also questions us about the perception of time spent at home: what do we do in our spare time if we dream so much about free time?
These reflections could be drawn from the works by Valeska Soares, Alair Gomes, Ana Elisa Egreja, Leticia Parente and Anna Maria Maiolino, artists for whom the domestic universe is an important influence for artistic practice, under different forms and pretexts. Within this selection, poetics and personal trajectories are blurred, and the home now appears as a concept, origin or as the only means of creation. Especially because, regardless of the language, it is not only in the studios that the experience of art is born and takes place.