Madeleine Bialke, Caleb Hahne Quintana, Konstantina Krikzoni, Ella McVeigh and Brittney Leeanne Williams. A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good. A sense of belonging implies an affinity or connectedness with a place, social or cultural group. For ARTBO 2022, Newchild presents a group exhibition exploring the desire we all have to belong, and the journeys we embark on to find ourselves.
The works exhibited in ARTBO 2022 explore themes of journeys that are both real and imagined. Depictions of real journeys range from intimate scenes of individual departures and returns to universal encounters with nature or long distances travelled to find our ancestral places. The artworks have been inspired by journeys of the mind: roaming through the mountains or escaping to wilderness retreats or utopian paradises that can provide refuge, if only vicariously, from challenging realities.
These artists in this exhibition, represent a microcosm of the experiences in the journey to find ourselves and where we belong. Belonging is a powerful feeling that shapes our identity. It explores the intangible and tangible approaches we engage in developing and maintaining our sense of connectedness across time and space while also negotiating how we feel part of a place or a group while remaining open to the other.