light escapes through a passage of mirrors
and returns to light:
is a hand that invents itself,
an eye that sees itself in its own inventions.

Light is Time Thinking About Itself.

Quote from Sight and Touch,Poem by Octavio Paz, 1995.
Light is Time Thinking About Itself speaks about landscapes without the presence of humankind. The artist Antje Liemann takes our recent lockdowns – with their home-isolation ad absurdum – as the starting point for imagining a differently calibrated world, looking forward to the possibility of the end of humankind’s domination over the earth. Through interactions with experts and artists, the project asks if there is still time left to rethink our relationship with the world, or if the belief in the sovereignty of humankind has brought us to the brink of collapse of our living conditions.

Through large-scale paintings, objet-trouvé installations and a film documentary, Antje Liemann imagines post-human and post-Anthropocene scenarios – including a Malta colonised by bee-like hybrid beings and once-extinct colossal orchids – and attempts to bring us closer to the reality of the fragility of our existence.

A series of workshops under the guidance of the artist accompanies the exhibition, inviting participants to take this ‘temporary closure of the world’ as a starting point for the creation of objects or paintings.
Margerita Pulè