Modern Love guided tours
Discover the exhibition with curator Katerina Gregos
On Sunday 7 November we organise two guided tours through the exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies) at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 by curator Katerina Gregos. The exhibition, on view at IMPAKT and the Centraal Museum, explores the state of love and romantic relations in the age of the Internet, social media, neo-liberal capital, and globalisation.
The tour at 12:00 h will start at IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture].
The tour at 13:30 h will start at Centraal Museum.
Digital technology and consumerism have significantly transformed love and social relationships. The experience of the virtual has increasingly dissolved the boundary between private and public. This influences how we communicate and interact with one another, especially with those closest to us.
On the one hand, the Internet and social media have facilitated the expression of non-heteronormative identities, of alternative forms of desire, and alternative ways of being. On the other, they have played a problematic role in cultivating pathologies such as narcissism, obsessive self-performativity, digital dependency, and the commodification of emotion. The conflation of reality and fantasy has created complex psychological and relational entanglements. Modern Love explores these and many other, related phenomena.
At a time of increasing alienation, individualism and loneliness – all symptoms of our increasingly urbanised lifestyles – how can we reclaim meaningful intimate relationships. How can we reclaim love as a potent emotional force and intense psychological bond between people that gives meaning to our lives in ways that no other interaction, ‘object’ or experience can? How can love be rescued from the claws of capital and the corporate technosphere? The exhibition Modern Love at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 looks into the pathologies and problems afflicting love and matters of the heart today, aiming to prompt a reconsideration of how we engage with those nearest to us and prompting us to imagine a way out of current feelings of emotional sterility, loneliness and the ‘cold intimacies’ engendered by digital technologies.
At the Centraal Museum, artists from the Modern Love exhibition are brought into dialogue with the museum’s collection.
On view at IMPAKT:
Laura Cemin (IT), Marijke De Roover (BE), Kyriaki Goni (GR), David Haines (UK), Juliet Jacques (UK), Mahmoud Khaled (EG), Jonas Lund (NL), Maria Mavropoulou (GR), Lauren Lee McCarthy (USA), Kyle McDonald (USA), Marge Monko (EE), Margaret Salmon (USA) and Hannah Toticki (DK).
On view at the Centraal Museum:
Melanie Bonajo (NL) (from 9 November), David Haines (UK), Marge Monko (EE), Peter Puklus (HU), Hannah Toticki (DK) and Dries Verhoeven (NL) (from 3-7 November). In dialogue with historic and contemporary artists from the collection of the Centraal Museum: Hendrick Bloemaert (NL), Marlene Dumas (NL), Duran Lantink (NL), Sanam Khatibi (IR), J.H. Moesman (NL) and Rory Pilgrim (UK).
Katerina Gregos― Curator
Katerina Gregos is a curator, lecturer and educator. She is currently artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST). Gregos has become internationally known for curating critical exhibitions that examine the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, the economy, changing global production circuits as well as historiography. She has curated numerous large-scale international institutional and museum exhibitions and biennials including, among others, the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); the Göteborg International Biennial (2013) and Manifesta 9 (2012). She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavilions at the Venice Biennale: Croatia (2019); Belgium (2015) and Denmark (2011). Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and books, and is a visiting lecturer at HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent. She lives between Athens and Brussels.