WE THE SURVIVALISTS

in Darwinian terms this is best understood as "Survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations." An evolutionary theory as a way of describing the mechanism of natural selection, the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life." To assent with this idea, man built communities and societies to ensure the survival and preservation of our cultures, beliefs, and way of life. We keep existing and constantly evolving from our most primitive origins up to our most advanced aptitude; shifting the course of history, technology, and our place in society aiming for a more comfortable and sophisticated living conditions.

 

Evolution and resilience spearheaded our intellectual and philosophical thinking, which made man harness and abuse his or her ability to form allegiances, gain power, and fanaticism caused by the contradictions between different schools of thought which pounced segregation and divide amongst people and war. Yet our minds have the capacity to preserve an idea, a memory, a thought, and a dream. And each feeling and emotion is prompted by a memory specifically assigned to give us a sense of nostalgia pertaining to that experience. A citadel holding everything for safekeeping filled with all our acquired information that we safeguard and protect to ensure our survival.

 

The question that arise is "what if these comfort zones that we surround ourselves with were the same factors that suppress our expressions to a point where we lose our individualities and threaten our existence?" The artists in participant with this exhibition are tapping into this notion. The ambiguities that affect our lives with the boundaries we draw ourselves in. They address the benefits and disadvantages we encounter with this perspective, and the adverse effect of this mindset to future generations; the physical, the metaphysical, the spiritual, psychological, and the emotional facet. 

Curated by Lexygius Calip, 2015