El amor en los tiempos del cólera/Love in the Time of Cholera
An exhibition based on the themes found in Gabriel García Márquez's novel
In Márquez's novel, the use of the word cólera has a double meaning. In Spanish it is the actual disease but also it can mean passion or rage and the story investigates love as a spiritual concept as well as a passionate one wherein the heroine is torn between two men who represent each type of love. The backdrop of the novel sees her scientific/spiritual/medical husband work to rid the town of cholera, against ongoing civil strife and death. Her other love is passionate and when she rejects him he seduces hundreds of women but 'mentally' stays true to her.
Many of us know the tug of our heart to places it should not go, but also the happiness of finding love. In this odd time of Covid we also are aware of death in the background, always there and each of us has had to find a way forward. This year's exhibition is in a way a diary of a hard year with love, sex, disease and death as constant companions or contemplations. The show is not about Covid, but I have asked all the artists to present an image made since March last year. It is in a way a queer image diary of life in a troubled time.
Each artist presents a photographic image (be the original a photograph, a painting, drawing or sculpture) which is printed and framed to the same size (A1) so that formally they make a strong visual show in the actual space. While each image is unique, having the form of them the same offers each artist an equal share of the visitor's attention.
The exhibition, in virtual as well as physical form, is an attempt to get back to some sort of new normal not only for the artists and Clifford Chance but for the public as well. The show will present personal accounts of a global issue that has yet to be truly understood or under control. No one's lives will be exactly the same after an event like this, and we welcome the works as a step into the new. Love at any time is a fragile flower we all must work to nourish, regardless of who the beloved is.
Michael Petry, exhibition curator
Artists' statements are their own, unless signed MP which are written by the Curator.