Did Mexican writer and artist Veronica Gerber Bicecci have a premonition of things to come when she curated the fourth display of artwork from the la Caixa Collection of Contemporary Art at the Whitechapel Gallery, which opened in mid-January before the crisis had hit the UK?
In the centre is Concha Garcia’s slithering creeper – coloured red, not green – alerting us to the fact that something might be wrong, while Victoria Civera’s eye is that of Bambi, orphaned in the Disney movie by the action of humans and Carlos Amorales’ animated film has the continents of the earth blown to pieces as they collapse into a mass of chaotic floating fragments, as they appear to be doing metaphorically at the moment.
Other works by Carmen Calvo, Sophie Ristelhueber and Bleda y Rosa similarly examine the negative impacts of man on nature and, former human communities, now deserted and empty as a result of colonial-era battles in Latin America.
The forward-thinking la Caixa Banking Foundation is committed to enabling people to enjoy art and culture, and to exploring questions on the role of art in society and how can we break down the barriers between art and people? What have UK banks done that can compare to this achievement?
We live in uncertain times…..