Arcadia Missa Gallery seeks to experiment with, and present questions to, the socio-political role of visual culture. Focusing on investigatory practices, the gallery will encourage critique and conversation between the ʻviewerʼ and their relationship to social and cultural forms.
“We want to create and continue a space that reflects and gives definition to our experience of contemporary culture, where we can at the same time work through and be aware of how we attempt to keep this project responsive and vital in this context.”
Arcadia Missa Gallery will be producing monthly exhibitions around quarterly contemporary themes drawn from our everyday lives.
We will structure a journal and seminar programme according to each theme, in order to formalise debates around the art presented and inevitable exchange between art and spectator.
We are searching for a more active/responsive viewing, and an elevation of exchange as mutual learning, rather than a didactic or passive viewing experience.
The journal will act as a consolidation of this exchange and will further interrogate the discussions arising from the exhibitions and seminars, also allowing us to create the galleryʼs history on our own terms. This tangible documentation of the ephemeral acts of the gallery not only enforces self-reflexivity and can be a reference for audience, and ourselves, but also through this can be a tool to move forward in the evolution of the gallery as a participatory space.