WHAT'S ON OUR WALLS
In the time of pandemic, Pin Calacal talks of lingering anxiety borne by the psyche and the body. Of an unsettlement leading to disjuncture that she tries to capture. She mentions days lived like a waking dream, hazy and indistinct, and a pervasive sensation of lightness and floating–– as if of souls drifting, unmoored from their anchors.
Forging Ahead is a timely and powerful invitation to “move forward, keep going, and make progress.” It’s a resistance against fixity, inertia, and stasis, especially in this age of COVID-19 in which the certainty of the world hangs in balance. Running, for Dial, is a way to take control not merely of our bodies but also our future: after all, running compresses and moves time forward. No matter how short or long the distance covered, progress is achieved. The exhibition echoes the thought of the novelist, and runner, Haruki Murakami who states: “Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level.”