"In May 2020, Lehmann + Silva challenged me to conceive an online exhibition with the gallery’s artists that would reflect their production during lockdown. Drawing from their diverse experiences and temporalities of confinement – from Hawaii to Paris and from Porto to Berlin – I encouraged the artists to host an unknown addressee in their homes. I then invited them to present their ideas, wanderings, and research as if seen from the eyes of another, meditating on how to hold each other together apart in the spacetime of social distancing and isolation. Mediated by the artist’s mobile cameras and digital screens, we planned to share material research, painting and drawing exercises, Instagram live performances, and affective states in a series of short-form videos that comingle with the public, non-public and political specters of our times. (...)
Organized around five short-form videos, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE reads as a playlet for hospitable practices and sociabilities, ways of welcoming difference during heterogenous experiences of lockdown: in vitality, transformation and in ritual, and through matter and exchange."
Excerpt of the exhibition text