What does Aufklärung mean today? What has Aufklärung got to do with Valencian territory? How can we create an exhibition of artistic projects bydifferent contemporary artists within the context of the Region of Valencia, which transmits the idea of refuge from the omnipotence of fear, invoking certain ideas of 'magic' that do not lead to a diminishment of the human being to Kantian Unmündigkeit, understanding such to be 'non-autonomous individuals'?
In the current dissolution of beings, which at the same time is connected to the 'querelle' in the Middle Age, a multiple, complex being appears that contradicts itself and still invokes that indelible 'To be or not to be, that is the question...' as its slogan, striking us with the patent social tension it upholds and rules through the dominant ideology of the 'knowledge society', where nature is (still) the 'evil itself according to progress and where each Aufklärung appears to create a counter-Aufklärung, i.e. criticism of knowledge.
But knowledge and magic can share the same territory and refuge, as can beseen once again at the Luis Adelantado Gallery, this time playing at home. Playing with objects of matter, as words of matter. Playing with their transference. Is 'transference' not the term that best defines contemporaneity?
Why...? Because sensations are words and words are matter. And because poetry in prose that materialises through these young artists prefers objects, emotions and transformations to speak more and better about the post-landscape comprising our territory. And also because we need a refuge that defines a specific time in the history of contemporary Valencian art
Press release courtesy Luis Adelantado Valencia. Text: César Novella.