Following his earlier participation in the talent development programme Kunsthal Light in 2018, Lopulissa has now made the colourful, poetic, and optimistic work ‘At least you can smile’, inspired by his personal experiences during the lockdown. In his studio, the artist has always had enough space for tranquillity and reflection. Therefore, staying at home and working from home soon became normal to him. Since the world around him has now also come to a near standstill, he has been realising all the more that human beings were not made for the speed of our current existence. Busy jobs are dictating our daily rhythms, and we are so consumed by our activities that we are losing sight of the essence of life.
Pause to reflect
Lopulissa has noticed that as soon as the noise of daily life started to die down, many of the people around him actually became restless at first. Our daily lives were suddenly stripped down to only essential things and activities, and this also caused feelings of insecurity and fear. People eagerly started to search for other activities to entertain, and perhaps also to reassure themselves. According to the artist, this compulsory pause has given us the time to once again reflect on the everyday habits that we have not been conscious of for a long time.
Lopulissa has translated the predominantly positive feelings that he has been experiencing over the past period into an optimistic and inviting image. No matter how much life has been pushed back to the basics, you can at least be friendly and show solidarity towards your fellow human beings. Lopulissa has high hopes that, during the past weeks, many people have come to the same realisation, and that this will have a positive effect on our daily lives in the ‘new normal’.
Unlocked/Reconnected is an initiative by galleries Dürst Britt & Mayhew from The Hague, and tegenboschvanvreden from Amsterdam for a collective exhibition in which as many parties within the field of visual art will unite to celebrate and mark the reopening of cultural life in the Netherlands.