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Artspace is pleased to present Between Beauty and Decay, a group show that examines humanity in the age of conflict. The artists in this show come from geopolitical backgrounds that deeply inform their work, identifying as American Indian, American, and Middle Eastern. Each use digital media, performance and installation to contemplate their contemporary landscapes, exploring land as a physical, emotional and psychological life-affirming and life-sustaining form. The show confronts with unflinching beauty and terror the realities of what happens when humanity is at odds with the “other” and the natural world.
The exhibition debuts at a time when many populations are living with a great amount of uncertainty and fear. Daily political change, exaggerated opinions, and protest shape and inform our collective health. These artists tackle issues that are porous and specific to this moment, allowing for in depth reads of identity, politicism, power, terror, the end of nature, grief, human suffering and survival. The precarious state of the governmental policy protecting land and land rights, migration patterns and refugee crises, and the reality of the American corporate state are swirling about in a tempest around the the world; the artists in this exhibition deal both will all be explored.