NOTES ON EMPATHY AND ALTERITY – COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Patent from April 2 to May 21 (Tuesday to Saturday | 10:00-18:00)
Location: Lagos Cultural Center – Exhibition Hall 1
The pandemic context reinforced the need to consider the place of empathy, integrity and trust. This urgency, arising from individualism, disregard and dehumanization, is added to the confusion about what the word freedom means and to the growing difficulty in distinguishing between fact and opinion, between criticism and attack, or even between empathy and compassion.
The identification of one subject with the other, feeling, desiring or learning like him, seeking to understand him through speculation or sensation and the most extraordinary and complex emotional competences. Because empathy is not compassion, sympathy or simply pity. It’s not exactly about being able to walk in someone else’s shoes, because this walk is not exempt from the prejudices and stereotypes we carry. Empathy can be seen as the understanding of the social self from a combination of outside-in and outside-out looks, without comparisons or projections resulting from personal experience.
The exhibition aims to affirm an active path, where the interdisciplinarity and plurality of the selected works help to design a non-linear narrative that aims at our collective, social and political memory, calling for debate and participatory construction. A discussion about identification, identity, racism, appropriation and otherness.
Curators: Patrícia Trindade and Orlando Franco.
Participating Artists: Sara & André, Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Francisca Correia do Vale, Wasted Rita, Cecília Corujo, Juliana Julieta, Pedro o Novo, Rodolfo Bispo, CuntRoll Zine, Maia Horta, Oleksandr Lyashchenko, Orlando Franco, Beatriz Banha, Paulo Simão , Eduardo Fonseca e Silva & Francisca Valador and Patrícia Serrão.