LABOR is pleased to present the exhibition #TodosSomosHonolulu, a nod to the article published in Quartz magazine on July 8th, 2020. This article accurately describes the Ballardian scenario of uncertainty and vulnerability in which we have been immersed since the health crisis of covid-19 erupted globally.
“Joe Biden and China stuck up for the World Health Organization. If elected in November, the Democratic presidential candidate said he would reverse the Trump administration’s decision this week to withdraw from the public health body, while China’s foreign ministry urged the international community to step up its support. Meanwhile, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive, Dubai reopened, Melbourne shut down again, Bali is praying over it, Russia dug a trench, and Honolulu isn’t sure what to do.”
(Quartz Daily Brief Editorial, July 8th, 2020)
Our intention with this exhibition has been, from the start, to seize the moment of this forced-upon pause and enjoy every aspect of what we do, and what defines us. Both, the artists and ourselves, had to face a world where planning became impossible, art fairs were cancelled, and the amount of travels became minimized.
If this lockdown raised our awareness to thank and enjoy the simple fact of being alive, we also felt that the work place we share with the public had to be able to provide a safe space for all. Thus, we unified the interior space of the gallery with the garden, creating a single area of exhibition that resembles a great open-air pavilion. With no aesthetic or theoretical pretensions, this space offers itself as a place to breathe and enjoy.