Gesturing towards Solitude is a pilot group exhibition curated by Carmen Casiuc, advancing the mission of Redeeming the Time through the subject of solitary contemplative practices. The works of Andreea Badea, Daniel Gaciu, Traian Cherecheş, Nikita Dembinski, Alexandra Sand, Ioana Sisea, Mara Ploscaru, Jared Marks, Laura Covaci and AGF HYDRA approach this matter from an artistic, philosophical and psychoanalytical perspective, each reflecting on the relationship between gestures, behaviours and the emotional regulation of one’s own internal world. Feelings of loneliness brought about by technological developments pervade our lives and the artists play an essential role in questioning the phenomena that influence the personal or collective sense of self.
As our relationship with external and internal realities became increasingly mediated by new technologies, the growing phenomenon of individualization gave rise to a stock of marketable emotions, on which brands design the new social structures of our age. Customer and consumer engagement strategies construct empty customs and habits, such that the contemporary subject emerges in paradoxical fashion: extensively networked and connected, yet deeply self-directed and lonely. Traumatized experiences of emptiness and meaninglessness in the collective reality have always served artists as an impulse towards deep reflection and self-reflection.