“Nobody told me there'd be days like these/ Strange days indeed…” John Lennon
In curating this exhibition, we have selected works that we hope reflect—with both humour and seriousness---our collective human experience during the global pandemic and lockdown. The exhibition touches on both the physical and psychological impact of isolation; it bears witness to our tentative emergence into a changed world, and also looks at how we too have been transformed.
As the world emerges from lockdown into changed streets, populated by people trying to remember how to interact with one another, we cannot help but look at ourselves in the mirror, both metaphorically and literally. What do we see? Yes, we see people bereaved, starved of human contact, putting on a brave face for the world, while uncertainty occupies their thoughts. We also see people who have rediscovered relationships, seen themselves in a new light, who have achieved a clarity and a vision for the future, which they did not have before. We have found comfort, solace and inspiration in places that once may have surprised us. For better or for worse, all of us have emerged with a better understanding of ourselves.