Nostalgia

Nostalgia -noun.  Described as a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness when thinking about things that happened in the past. A wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition’

22.01.2020 – 21.02.2020

When the term ‘nostalgia’ was first coined, the condition of ‘living in the past’ was thought to be a disorder, rooted in depression. Thankfully no longer.

Nostalgia -noun.  Described as a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness when thinking about things that happened in the past. A wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition’

When the term ‘nostalgia’ was first coined, the condition of ‘living in the past’ was thought to be a disorder, rooted in depression. Thankfully no longer. In fact, nostalgia has many benefits. In a 2013 article written by John Tierney in the New York Times, he highlighted a few positive attributes attached to Nostalgia (as studied and tested). Mainly that it has been shown to counteract boredom, loneliness, and anxiety. It makes people more generous towards strangers and seemingly more tolerant of others. Oftentimes nostalgia helps people feel closer to those they share memories with. Scientifically proven, nostalgia can literally make one feel warmer in the cold. But it can also have a more painful side. 

Our first group exhibition of 2020 seeks to highlight a nostalgic experience. Either evoking a sense of nostalgia in the viewer, or drawing on a contextually nostalgic reference and deep personal experience for the artist. Nostalgia, or a sense of nostalgia is more often than not linked to an emotion, where art has the ability to transport one back to a specific feeling.

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