The Themes
 

For subjects as rich as identity and prejudice, there are numerous visceral responses and insights that can be drawn. While the prompts invited the artists to engage deeply with specific dimensions of the subject, the themes and reflections try to explore some of the patterns that have emerged from the artworks. 

ANONYMOUS                 FEMALE

JUXTAPOSITION
OF 
PURITY AND 
POLLUTION

IMPLICATED 
IN ART

THE
IMPOSSIBILITYOF   EMPATHY

Click on any of the theme name to go to the individual Theme pages

A
SENSE
OF
PLACE

CONNECTING WITH THE    NON-HUMAN

OFFICIALLY
IDENTIFIED

ATTACHMENT

REMEMBERING

INDIVIDUAL
VS
COLLECTIVE

EARNING
A NAME

FLESH AND FEELINGS

 

DESCRIPTION:  This is a grid of all the artistic responses classified by themes. Each theme is represented by a set of square boxes, arranged randomly, in a combination of colours that corresponds to the week in which the artwork was submitted. 

The colours for each of the weeks are Week 1: peach, Week 2: light green, Week 3: red, Week 4: light purple, Week 5: light blue, Week 6: orange, Week 7: light yellow, Week 8: sea green, Week 9: mustard, Week 10: dark purple. 

The 12 themes are placed at different places in the grid. The names of the themes and the number of art works for each theme are, ‘Anonymous Female:11’,’Implicated in Art:18’, ‘The Impossibility of Empathy:22’, ‘Juxtaposition of purity and pollution:10:’, ‘Officially identified:18’, ‘Remembering:12’,’Individual versus collective:14’, ‘A sense of place:12’, ‘Connecting with the non-human:12’,’Earning a name:14’ ,’Attachment:13’ and ‘Flesh and feelings:19’. 

 

Our team has developed these themes to explore some of the interesting and diverse ways in which artists have responded to the subject of identity and prejudice, beyond the concepts of the prompts. These themes capture the tensions, resistances, ruminations, anxieties, memories, joys, nostalgia and the perplexities that are present in the artworks. These themes are by no means exhaustive of the many, many different ways in which the creations of this project can be explored. But we hope that it shall stir further such explorations and reflections.