The group exhibition Exit Elephantine poses the question: how does a boundary in one person’s life transform into a line in another person’s drawing? The works in the exhibition creatively reinterpret the narratives of individuals and communities, exploring how they ended up behind a specific physical, biological, psychological, political, or social border—whether by choice, accident or force.
In the exhibition title, the ancient Ultima Thule, the island of Elephantine, takes on the role of a clumsy character in a well-known English metaphor representing an evidently ignored problem. The exhibition aims to suggest an impossible space where the ultimate distance and almost unbearable closeness intersect through the continual translation of narrative into visual form.
Edgaras Gerasimovičius is a Vilnius based art historian, curator, a co-founder of Swallow project space.