Hegel wrote along the line of: " The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn anything from history."
As a contemporary artist, if still hoping to regain the pursuit of idealistically steering towards a world's betterment through art, similar to the Western Modernist tradition, one could only seek to reevaluate and refocus on the circumstances of that time's historical high and low points and the subsequent interactions between them.
As a Post-globalization curator, my role is not only to create a framework and a stage but also to create a moment of potentiality where art and life meet each other in a head on collision.
I was born in Lome, Togo (West Africa) where the words " curator ", " video art " mean little to most people. It is the young people who are pushing limits and transforming the cultural fabric of their society in an environment where self-expression is limited.
Video technology has been utilised by artists around the world since the early 1960s. Improvements in the technical aspects of the equipment have contributed to the medium's longevity and it persists today as popular medium that is readily accessible for many artists.
My approach is collaborative with an emphasis on work that challenges with the overall aim of discovering and promoting vital artists from around the world.
Additionally, investigating how artists and curator mobilise a way of adopting shemata of actions that are concerned with the practice of the everyday in all its materiality.
The contesting images and perceptions, the assimilation of a social stereotype by that another one are core interests. Developing a methodology based on factual proclivities, confessing a subjectivity inherent in the representation of memory, time, body, love, post-globalization impact, psychogeography.
Conceptually diverse, emotionally incisive, and visually inventive, the selected works transform the most familiar video art into an illuminating investigation of contemporary culture. It calls to mind another memorable phrase of Jean-Luc Godard's, from 1970's Vent d'Est: " Ce n'est pas une juste image - c'est juste une image."
Even if demonstrating how the aesthetics of video do not simply escape into a mimicry of cinematic aspects, it is always better to show a new generation of artists expanding the traditional definition of the medium itself.
Perhaps the work of post-globalization curator is a portal that, like the sphinx' question to Oedipus, demands answering before the initiation may begin.