Forms of Action features socially engaged artists who have never exhibited in Glasgow
- Laura Campbell
- 27 January 2017
Exhibition showcases different methodologies used by artists seeking to make meaningful connections within society
'For me there is no distinction between art and life.' It's a view many artists in Glasgow will no doubt share with Viviana Checchia, the CCA's public engagement curator. Talking about her upcoming project she says, 'It's not about the when, where and what but about how we approach society through art.'
Glasgow has long been heralded as a place where artists are free to explore the boundaries of art, and much is made of the 'DIY culture' that is so prevalent in the city. But for once, it isn't Glasgow-based artists who are the focus of a group show featuring socially engaged artists, but international ones – none of whom have ever exhibited in the city.
While Forms of Action brings artists together from all corners of the globe, it is clear that shared issues arise: in our globalised world, it is not sufficient to look at problems only within our own society. This exhibition is an opportunity to see the different methodologies and tools used by artists seeking to make meaningful connections within the societies they inhabit.
Heading into a turbulent 2017, perhaps now, as Checchia suggests, is a good time for artists to declare their position as socially engaged practitioners. 'Individually we are not going to change anything huge, we aren't going to stop a war by ourselves. But at the time same time, the individual contribution can help society take a little step. We shouldn't look for the immediate effect of our actions. I still think it's important, even when we can't see the result, we have to keep on going.'
CCA, Glasgow, until Sun 12 Mar.