Unable to complete its trip, an airplane caught in a holding pattern is forced into a state of suspended progress, circling in a holding pattern while waiting for clearance to land. Following another year of multiple lockdowns and social interruptions, this state of delay, and the unsettling feeling that arises from it, will resonate with many. However upsetting, this delay can also give us time to slow down and reflect.
In working through COVID-19 restrictions, lockdowns, and interruptions, the 68 artists taking part in Holding Pattern use their artistic practices to explore this time of isolation, disruption, and reflection through ever-shifting perspectives on society, identity, and mental health. The artworks on display invite us to look at moments of suspended progress not as unsettling interruptions but rather as opportunities to reflect where we can develop a wider perspective and understanding of the world that surrounds us.
December 17, 2021 - February 11, 2022
With language as presence, gesture as thought, and image as event, the works brought together in this exhibition present the body in an interdependent relationship with the damaged world it traverses. In an open field of tensions, between intimate trajectories and a collective life built upon various forms of dispossession, these works unearth resonances with the political conditions of a world marked by coloniality. Like breathing, at times deep and free, at times constrained, they proffer the entanglements of story and the encounters of porous lives, permitting us to experience the concurrence of closure and openness, of the inner world and what exists outside it, of impasse and crossing.