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Group Exhibition: Corners Of(f) Society

The concept of the flâneur first appeared in 19th century French literature, and was used to describe someone who wandered the streets aimlessly, combining a sense of urban exploration and observation. While the advent of Google maps, Sat-Nav, and iPhones has made that an altogether more difficult task in 2018, it is one that COLAB Gallery’s latest group exhibition, titled Corners Of(f) Society, seeks to explore and celebrate, calling upon a host of artists whose work is informed by the terrain of the cities they find themselves in. 

Launching on the 27th of November, Corners Of(f) Society will feature contributions from the likes of Relfy, Cyop & Kaf, Swampy, Bruno Rodrigues & Fábio Vieira, Road Dogs, Raskalov & Makhorov, LUCE & Eltono.

On 24th November 2018, the Colab Gallery will be opening its doors for the group exhibition “Corners Of(f) Society”, featuring seven international artists that work with, around and in urban areas.

We would like to ask visitors the question how and why places function, and which impact the geographical environment has on perception and behavior. If you have, e.g., several possibilities to reach a supermarket, you would choose a certain route according to your mood. 

During your daily life, you efficiently choose the shortest way, that unfortunately leads along a noisy, four-lane road. Then again, you deliberately look for a route, that leads you away from the actual place of destination taking you to interesting places, an abandoned house, an open terrain or a park at the city’s´ outskirts. However, losing your orientation and just strolling along, can also be seen as something positive, something that triggers your thirst for adventure and allows unexpected things to happen. Every one of us has his daily rituals, that are not only determined by functionality. 

You can tell stories about some places, others you will seek because you feel comfortable there or because you are striving for a certain mood, or because the atmosphere and aura there bring back memories. Wandering around means getting lost, being active, collecting things you find in the street, getting onto a metro, the next bus and climbing out somewhere else, having deleted the common reason for getting from A to B. It means actively soaking up the terrain, the people, the animals or the trash in the streets. Without perspectives and intention, there is more to discover. 

The participating artists show with alert eyes aesthetic glances of cities, peripheries, and surprising encounters. We are looking forward to present the works of Relfy (Can), Cyop & Kaf (It), Swampy (USA), Bruno Rodrigues & Fábio Vieira (Bra), Road Dogs (Fr), Raskalov & Makhorov (Rus), LUCE & Eltono (Es).

Group exhibition “Corners Of(f) Society” will be open for preview at the Colab Gallery in Weil am Rhein, Germany, on November 24th, 2018 from 7 - 10pm. The event will be free and open to the public with artist appearances. 

The exhibition will run from November 27, 2018 – April 27, 2019.