Ethics in a World of Strangers: Nirveda Alleck and Eric van Hove
Richard Taittinger Gallery is pleased to present Ethics in a World of Strangers, an exhibition of works by Nirveda Alleck and Eric van Hove, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi. Against the backdrop of resurgent nativism, nationalism, and xenophobia that currently outlines the global political landscape, it asks the question: what are the values of universal fraternity, compassion, and worldliness? In the climate of travel bans, restricted movement, and border control, in the United States and elsewhere, the ethical imperative of acknowledging the humanity of others is particularly pertinent. The cultural theorist and philosopher Anthony Kwame Appiah describes the inevitability of parochial obligations to family and country. Yet he also insists on non-filial obligations which inscribe our membership in the global community in what he refers to as “Ethics in a World of Strangers.” Whereas cosmopolitanism might reproduce utopia and privilege, Appiah suggests that its true value is a moral economy of tolerance, openness, and coexistence. Artistic contemporaneity demands a cosmopolitan commitment to working across cultures and national boundaries and a concomitant appreciation of diversity and difference. This moral compass anchors this exhibition. Through their individual artistic practices, backgrounds and experiences, Alleck and van Hove make a persuasive argument in this season of anomie. Their works are presented as a dialogue.
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Born in 1975, in Guelma, Algeria, Eric van Hove spent his formative years in Yaounde, Cameroon. He holds a B.A. from École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Belgium, and advanced degrees from Tokyo Gakudei University, Tokyo, Japan. His practice cuts across a...View Artist Page →
Eric van Hove. Mahjouba I (2016). Edition of 3. Mixed media: Middle Atlas white cedar wood, yellow copper, red copper, copper-plated forged steel, recycled aluminium, nickelled silver, tin, cow bone, camel bone, rubber, cow’s skin, batteries, plastic, magnets and resin….