MEMENTO – del colección de IMOCA
13.05-05.06 / 2016
MEMENTO is the same in English and Spanish… and most notably in Latin, from which we maintain the phrase, “Memento Mori”- quite literally, a reminder of death, an object we keep close at hand to remind us of our mortality, not just as individuals but also, perhaps increasingly, as a global society, as a species.
And although individual works of art are always open to interpretation, the narrative intended by the design and curation of this exhibition, the thread that the viewer is invited to pick up and follow as it weaves through the various media and memes, is an exploration of memory, and things we keep near ourselves as tokens, reminders; how memories are colored by our beliefs, faiths and perspective; how they may be attached to an object, a scent, a song, a place or turn of phrase; and how they might change, degrade or blur with time and distance, or how the feelings behind that memory or its physical place holder might evolve or even fade toward a dullness devoid of any feeling or emotion whatsoever.
The intent of keeping a memento mori close at hand was not to be obsessively morbid, but rather to help us bear in mind a few other phrases that we all might recognize in Latin as much as our own native tongues: Tempus Fugit, and Carpe Diem: Time Flies; so Seize the Day. Life may be cruel and bitter, or life may be beautiful and rosy; but it most definitely is all too short.