Curated by Mafalda Barrela Duarte.
181 x 242 mm
UGGA is an exhibition about ugly people, objects, and places. When one thinks about ugliness, it is not immediately apparent that by ascribing the label “ugly,” for example, to an individual, one is always already conditioning the person’s life possibilities. Their existence ceases to be regarded as valuable as their counterpart. The ugly’s right to exist is probed from the moment they are deemed unsightly, unworthy of being viewed by others. The norm is blind to ugliness, only paying attention to those that live up to its expectations of hegemonic beauty. That being said, the works portrayed in UGGA question the inherently negative connotation of ugliness, as they explore the ontology of the concept and its necessarily political consequences. Artists included are Anna Siggelkow, Indré Urbnonaité, Joshua Tarplin, Margherita Muriti, Sara Wu, Shelli Weiler and Theo Ellison.
About the Organisation
Parallel Platform is a platform that brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. Members include museums, galleries, cultural centres, festivals, art schools and publishers – 18 vibrant European cultural hubs, from 16 countries, that will participate in selecting and hosting emerging artists and curators, organising exhibitions and promoting artistic networking.