The artists represented in this exhibition, including Stephan Balkenhol and Yinka Shonibare MBE, come from all over the world, from Europe and America to China, South Korea, Indonesia, India and Nigeria. The 21 artists in the exhibition and the corresponding book form a variegated group with diverse cultural backgrounds, ranging from the Cynical Realist Minjun, the Islamite Riyas Komu and the mystic Tahon, to the atheistic Quinn. It is impossible to place them under one common denominator. They do not fit into post-modernism, which tends to place things in a more aloof perspective, or into post-secularism, when it concerns a return to traditional forms of faith. But they have one thing in common: they all deliberate on what it means to be human. Artists put forward their images as a projection surface for the viewer, instead of wishing to impose their message upon others. They tell us short stories about their own experience of being human, but they have no patent on the truth. ‘I am a prophet who cannot see', declares Jan Fabre. Artists frequently present their questions to the public. In Search of Meaning is not concerned with answers, but rather about reflection on life as a meaningful activity in itself.
In Search of Meaning - The Human Image In A Global Perspective runs from 17 January - 6 April 2015.