‘When Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969 it must have felt to the 500 million watching that nothing would ever be the same. Although the pride in man’s greatest ever achievement was clear, the reality for the majority of the populace was that few things changed, and the exponential rate of development fantasised about in the aftermath of the landings would remain just that.’
They used to call it the Moon is an intriguing exhibition at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Against the backdrop of a new Space Race and debates around the future use of inter- planetary energy resources, this group exhibition explores the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination
Although the exhibition took place, It was definitely one of my favourite exhibitions due to its diverse range of works. There was so much detail and it each persons work evoked questions and narrative.
Artists from Pakistan, France, Germany, Croatia, the US and UK working drawing, sculpture collage. Artists include:Katy Cole, Caroline Corbasson, Aaron Guy, Thomas Ireland, Michael Light, Kate Liston, Aleksandra Mir, Michael Mulvihill, Mehreen Murtaza, Katie Paterson, Joseph Popper, Sophy Rickett, Aura Satz, Guy Schofield, Simon Starling, Marko Tadic and Wolfgang Tillmans.
‘They Used to Call it the Moon’ offers a fascinatingly diverse range of contemporary insights, many of which look beyond the moon and into the wider subject of our complex relationship with outer space, and the wrestling between fact and fiction, the known and unknown that it inspires.
Nasser Al Mulla is interested in all forms of Art. He takes minimalistic shots with his iPhone of Exhibitions, Architecture and Interiors. He specifically loves how every piece is organised in an exhibition and will let you know the best exhibitions to visit abroad and in Qatar. You can find him at @binhassen