“The end is the absurd universe and that attitude of mind which lights the world with its true colors to bring out the privileged and implacable visage which that attitude has discerned in it » A. Camus, The myth of Sisyphus.

The exhibition The End is at the crossroads between different outlooks over the frailty and ephemeral nature of existence. It is the awareness of finitude as an existential experience linked to time and space; a feeling of absurdity connected to our becoming.

This awareness can take different paths, it can come with us or get us lost. It is a question of attitude: the one who seized the absurdity can always choose whether to look at their horizon with resignation, with indifference, or with certainty.

Albert Camus describes the absurd man as the one capable of accepting life’s ephemeral nature and translating it into creativity. The artists invited to this collective exhibition by the DERIVA laboratory use this approach: to tear any negativity off the word “end”, to turn it into rebellion, irony, mystery, or lightness. This is how the ambiguous story of THE END has taken shape, between darkness and light, within the inner world of each artist. 

Text // Valeria Cetraro

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