“Tropical Escapism,” 856G & Tropical Futures Institute’s third annual survey show, looks into tropical typologies that have emerged, in particular, the idea of the tropics as an escape versus escaping the tropics, moving beyond a dialogue and into multilateralism.
Together, the artists in “Tropical Escapism” propose a swathe of different symbology, meaning and story engaging the interpretive title that hybridizes the perspectives generated into a new language around tropical aesthetics and perception. The exhibition invites you to explore new ideas and discourse in and around climatic identity; also bringing together works across mediums by 19 different artists from 13 different cities, from tropical, subtropical and temperate regions of the globe.
“Tropical Escapism” explores the narratives that exist within the name of the title itself. We don’t know what the title means; it’s all subjective as we explore the themes produced by the artists and start linking them together. The contrast and comparison of these works as a whole start adding to a broader discussion around ideas that relate to the tropics. Shaping and defining intricacies connected to the tropics but in contrast to mass stereotypes such as the Tiki Bar or the symbol of the palm tree.
The artists are all relational to one another and the title of the show, “Tropical Escapism”, in becoming relational we are all aware of each other. Aware of the fragmentation and hybridization of narratives, we can assemble new ways of looking at reality. Also at the same time acknowledging that we are merging our filter bubbles together and possibly creating a multiplicity of reality between each other at the same time.
“Tropical Escapism” is produced by 856 G Gallery and Tropical Futures Institute.