Curated by Orly Ashkenazy
This portion of the exhibition explores isolation and death through the art and artists within AFK and the Gordon Smith Gallery of Art’s permanent collection. When you are in isolation, your exciting moments go unshared just as when you’re lonely, during a lockdown that doesn’t seem to end. When you research the definition of the term “isolation” online, one of the first results that shows up is “staying home when you have symptoms of covid 19”. In other words, it is the process of being isolated and secluded. Synonyms for it are words like separation, segregation and quarantine. This is what isolation for the entire world has been like for the past year. Isolation can lead to loneliness and it is scientifically proven that it increases death rates. This feeling of being completely alone is very similar to death. When you die, no one comes with you. Unfortunately, this pandemic has also led to millions of deaths. This virus has shown the entire world that we are all human. We are all equal. The virus doesn’t care about race or ethnicity or political beliefs. Whether you are rich or poor, young or old. The only thing it relies on is the fact that we are human. Unlike the holocaust, or many other genocides in history, people are dying for unnecessary and unexplainable reasons. The artwork I chose from the collection speaks to these ideas of isolation and death and to the impact of mass death. With that in mind, how can we use art to connect, collect, inspire, rebuild and unite — after all we are all the same.