We are currently missing a lot of things. Everything from meeting friends for coffee to half price Mondays at the cinema seems like a distant memory. Living in London, there’s nothing we miss more than the wealth of culture we used to take for granted. We asked curator and archivist Cyana Madsen to talk about one of her favourite recent exhibitions.
It isn’t just people who are tasked with keeping our distance these days, it is also our art. It must be a strange new reality for those pictures left up on walls, unlooked at. Hanging in empty hallways, deafeningly silent. Do the paintings long for a gaze, for the warmth of a visitor standing too close? Or is a bit of peace for them, to know that they still exist even without being seen? Perhaps we can take solace from that.
The exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography was meant to be on view at the Barbican until May 17th, though now the bodies and faces it features will hang indefinitely pending better news, albeit without any visitors to appreciate its excellence.