Despite our differences and despite our cultural differences, we are, more accurately, of the same flesh and blood.
– Theo Eshetu
This work is part of IM-POSSIBILITY project curated by Elena Korzhenevich. IM-POSSIBILITY is a way to rethink our approach to art and an invitation to experience it and engage with it in a new decentralized manner. An international Tour of happenings will take place around the world in the months of September – November 2021, where 22 international artists from very different backgrounds, cultures and generations will be reflecting on IM-POSSIBILITY. Each work will be presented in its most organic context decided by the artist, outside of the conventional art spaces. It’s a show impossible to see all together, but it’s made possible by every single artist curating their own piece (I am the possibility!), engaging local audiences and communities. The idea of IM-POSSIBILITY is that everything is contained inside us, all the potential, all the possibilities. And often the only obstacle that stands between the realisation of that possibility is ourselves, our egos, our fears. Once we look within, we start seeing each darkness revealing the light, each confinement holding the key, each fragility allowing the strength, each end containing a beginning. All we need to realise this inner potential is the courage to transcend our ego, the “IM”, and open our imagination to start the transformation and create things yet unimaginable, yet undreamt of, yet unexperienced, but ultimately possible. Theo Eshetu’s Atlas portraits are a perfect representation of IM-POSSIBILITY. The work is challenging the idea of a fixed cultural identity and labels often attached to it. By projecting images from different cultures, religions, ethnicities, historical epochs, over a face, Eshetu underlines the impossibility of a linear definition of the “I”, instead opening up to a possibility of multitude, polyphony and fluidity that can create much more nuanced, complex and unexpected stories. A new personal Atlas free of cultural, political or geographical boundaries. Theo Eshetu remarks: “Cultural identities cannot be fixed and defined. They are in constant flux, created and molded by political projections, erected and destroyed by historical events, and fluctuate with the displacement of cultural objects and the migration of populations. We can only define the now—and the now is grotesque, uncertain, and burdened by the ghosts of the past. Yet there is also beauty in the present, a vitality for new justices, a search for new harmonies, and, contrary to facile political tendencies, acceptance and desire for hybrid states hitherto unknown.” // https://im-possibility.com/