15th– 20th August, open daily 11 – 5pm
Private view 15th August 6 – 8pm
“Oh to enter reality like a boat does the night!”
– Etel Adnan, Surge
Life’s constant hustle often leads to an undercurrent of tension spreading throughout our existence. The elusive horizon, which once defined the purpose of our transient existence, has been eradicated in favour of a default emotional state that arises from the privatisation of time. Even in opposing the sources of our tension, we continue to toil, underscoring our entanglement within the societal machinery.
The nocturnal realm becomes a window through which we dare to engage with our vulnerability, just as a boat dares to glide into the night – gentle, tranquil, and unflinchingly brave. It is here that we grapple with uncertainty, traverse the unknown, and embark on the journey of self-discovery.
‘Night Boat,’ seeks to encapsulate these myriad perspectives through transformative experiences that mirror the shift from day to night. It represents a transition from misconceptions and illusions to a clearer, albeit complex, understanding of our own realities. Drawing inspiration from Etel Adnan, who courageously confronted the silence of death with her lyrical prose at the age of ninety-three, we too seek to explore the resonance of night – a time when the end is not just an end, but a threshold between dusk and dawn.
This exhibition brings you to a time of introspection, a space for tender confrontation with self, be it in wakefulness or sleep. It is within this silent refuge, this all-encompassing darkness, that we immerse ourselves to fathom a reality both real and dear.
TRA is a curatorial collective dedicated to exploring the themes of transition and transformation in contemporary cultures.
The prefix ‘TRA’ signifies going beyond and existing in between, encapsulating the idea of crossing boundaries and navigating the liminal spaces where new possibilities and perspectives emerge. The collective is composed of three members: Ran Zhu, Lan Ying, and Blair Luo, all of whom studied in the MA Curating Contemporary Art Program at the Royal College of Art.
Ava Tribušon Ovsenik