“The moral value of the artist creator in our society remains absolute as he aims to achieve a superior level of structural integration of the ego to a social activity.” Hélio Oiticica, “The Work of the Artist,” 1965
For centuries artists have struggled to reconcile their individuality with the needs of the society in which they live. Though many were–and still are–considered marginal, creators have more recently not only integrated themselves into contemporary society but have also become important protagonists. And, as boundaries of public and private rapidly dissolve, so does the “me(ego)” merge into the “we(social).” In life as in art public x private are today almost indistinguishable.
– Andreas Valentin and Shaikha Al Mazrou; curators