As a controversial new silk road is being constructed to pump oil and other consumer goods across Eurasia, the ancient silk route is nostalgically brought back to life at Pedrami Gallery in an exhibition titled ’22 Silk Road’. Based on the concept of mutual exchange, South-Korean guest artist Subin Son has created work in dialogue with the gallery artists, whose diverse origins mark points of contact from East to West that once connected this two-directional conduit for the vibrant exchange of exotic goods and ideas.
While this ancient trade route may have presaged global capitalism, the exhibition offers us the urgent opportunity to rewind the clock to a time when theories of economic growth and surplus value were as yet undreamed of. We may then project this forward to envision a new world order in which the exchange of natural and cultural bounty may once again become a postive-sum game. One in which we acrue and share benefits far more valuable than financial profit.
Artists: Salam Ata Sabri,Roghayeh Najdi, Eileen Cohen Sussholz, Nasser Bakhshi, Wendy krochmal, Gil&Moti, Mohammad Barangi, Subin Son