HUMANITY

A SURVEY OF OUR TIMES (REPRISE)
29 APRIL - 16 JANUARY 2023

Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is pleased to present HUMANITY (REPRISE) an exhibition featuring Hugh Arnold, Susan Aurinko, Nick Compton, David Gamble, Kostis Georgiou, Ibrahim Kalin, Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen, Jack Perno, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Lawrence Schiller, Tom Stoddart, Blake Ward, Boky Hackel-Ward, Michael Ward, Julian Wasser, Zack Whitford, Ted Williams, David Yarrow.

HUMANITY (REPRISE) is the second edition of the initial exhibition from 2021. Time is collapsed and made fluid as events of the past are mirrored in moments from the present. In this extremely divisive moment in history, HUMANITY demonstrates how connected the world actually is; regardless of decade or locale, global countries and citizens share more commonalities than dissimilarities with images depicting universal themes, from childhood to adulthood, the interior landscape of our psyche, hardships, joys and experiences that portray an indomitable human spirit.

Although many of these artists have worked in different time periods, the imagery espoused in their art remains consistent – scenes of protests then and now, war and its effects, the Civil Rights movement, wealth disparity, love, friendship, joy, as well as figures who serve as symbols of peace and hope.

From photography to paintings, sculptures and mixed media works, some of the works in exhibition are documentarian in nature and therefore factual, yet some will generate differing perspectives based on one’s political or philosophical beliefs. Although HUMANITY presents moments in time that most will recognize, images were chosen by their ability to evoke distinctive emotions based on the viewer’s perspective.

Author James Baldwin’s words echo through the chambers of HUMANITY:

​“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests,​ so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”