ONWARD&UPWARD – Art in the Garden of Life
The group exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD shows art as inspiration, guidance and solace in a life full of uncertainties. The immediate cause for the exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD, which is curated by Renny Ramakers and fashion designer Liselore Frowijn, is the unpredictable present we find ourselves in. However, have there ever been times full of certainty and security? The concept of ONWARD&UPWARD looks beyond COVID-19 to reflect on the insecurities and pitfalls of life, on the strength and power of life. Whatever happens, we must carry on moving ‘onward’ and ‘upward’ using all the means at our disposal. The exhibition is on show @droog in Amsterdam from 2 October to 17 January 2021.
“We must cultivate our garden”, Voltaire wrote at the end of his novel Candide. In other words, let’s do what is in our power to bring change and improvement to the world by starting close to ourselves. In line with this, you could say that, in order to grow ‘onward’ and ‘upward’, we need art that brings us close to ourselves.