There Is Hope In Solitude

There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery.

There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery. Click on any image for its full-size version, which opens in a new browser tab.

This Saturday (20 January), I was invited by my friend Kate Bergdorf to attend the opening of an exhibit titled There Is Hope In Solitude, by SL photographer Oyo.  The exhibit, which runs from January through March 2018, consists of ten virtual images, all of them revolving around the concept and condition of solitude, and addressing different aspects thereof. The exhibit is based on two other works of art, one being a poem by Oyo herself, and the other being the song Gone by ionnalee:

il y a comme un espoir dans la solitude
une urgence à ressentir la plénitude
l’inexorable absence devenue souffrance
pour enfin trouver cette présence dans le silence:
moi

there is hope in solitude
an urgency to feel the fullness
inexorably absence becomes suffering
to finally find this presence in the silence:
self

Oyo’s images express waiting, hope, introspection, faith: the steps on the path away from loneliness and towards solitude. As she related to Kate, she only fairly recently found a way within herself to transition from loneliness to solitude. Oyo describes this process “as if you are afraid, terrified to get out of the box where you found yourself for ages, its like a prison and at the same time a nest.” The internal shift has had a significant impact on her images; “my experiencing solitude resulted in photographs with more depth.” Ultimately, and as she so poignantly expressed in her poem, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the artist’s emerging sense of a creative self. Personally, I think this process also applies to one’s transition from a lonely, unhappy person to one who is content with oneself and actually capable of enjoying and leveraging solitude.

There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery.

There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery.

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Nordan Art (Rated: Moderate)

Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmcRdvA1

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Shortlink: https://wp.me/p2pUmX-Uy

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