‘Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.’
Arundhati Roy ‘The Pandemic is a Portal’ Financial Times, 3rd April 2020
Taking Roy’s words as a point of departure Kate Marsh with METAL Culture is commissioning 40 invited artists to make new art work for Publication.
For many (d)Deaf and disabled, LGBTQIA*, working class and BAME artists, the idea of ‘getting back to normal’ is a loaded and exclusive concept. Marginalisation is something that informs our everyday existence and therefore our practice. We share a knowledge and lived experience of precarity, and perhaps gathering our wisdom and reflections at this time could shift thinking in the long term and create a space for ‘imagining another world.’