Oct – 2011 

The idea for this exhibition originated in a conversation about the Egyptian revolution and how young emerging artists are connected to society by social networks to generate movements that empower them to take back control and give a country back to its people.

From revealing election-fraud to reducing the power of dictators;

From breaking through conventional systems to moving societies and joining ventures,

From flash mobs to revolutions..

Social networks are considered as one of the most convincing and powerful instruments for communication in this era.

By now, no government in the world dares to underestimate the power of social networking sites.

What is the axis of power of this communicational phenomenon? Is it even possible to get control over the masses through these networks? Did we finally leave the dark ages of manipulation of the masses by the mass media via politicians engaged with commercial worldwide multinationals? So, are we moving – through the social web of international connections – towards a new freedom, a new power; potentially a network in which governments are left with little control?

The answer seems to be: yes. But what is the driving force behind this change? What are the long-term consequences?

Social networks are now a way of life, a medium through which people can express their identity and develop this further through wider national and international communication. Social networking sites are allowing the masses to exert pressure on political spheres through a medium that is readily assessable to large portions of populations.
The big question is how the art and culture fields can sufficiently respond to this modern speed, using networking sites to their advantage and create change. Everything involved in arts should play a facilitating role in this process to get art up to speed with modern media.

Participating artists:
Edgar León (Costa Rica), Guillermo Vargas (Costa Rica), Isaac Martínez (Costa Rica), Isidro con wong (Costa Rica), Adan Vallecillo (Honduras), Gigi Lesso (Costa Rica), Maricel Alvarado (Costa Rica), Silvia Monge (Costa Rica), Fernando Goldoni (Costa Rica), Agustin Monge (Costa Rica), Mario Madrigal (Mekagua), Patricia Villalobos (Mekagua), Florencia Urbina (Costa Rica)
Curator Sayira Cerdas (Costa Rica)

Press
'Images, Politics and Networks' exhibition at Darb 1718', Ahram Online, October 6 2011.
Maurice Chammah, 'Grand statements and politics and social networks at Darb', The Daily News, October 11 2011.

 

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