Security means simply, the provision of safety. Se-curity is related to the oldest meaning of curate: to care for souls. Today, the business of security is a global and corporate phenomenon. Its primary agenda is the production of fear; its ideal consumer is immobilized by dread.
Security (the exhibition) seeks to address this pivot between asylum and alarm. We are painfully aware of the brutality that so-called professional security may engender. Unspeakable ugliness appears when protector and protected warp into perpetrator and victim, but the curators of the exhibition seek to upturn rather than reproduce the fear, uncertainty, and mistrust already so pervasive in our everyday. To that end, they looked for humor, gentleness, and a light touch as well as acuity, provocation, and gravity in the works selected.
The artists chosen for the exhibition touch on the care or solicitude necessary for collective wellbeing as well as artists who tackle the charms or fetishes necessary for security's sell. How we define security for our communities and our world will determine how we get there and where we arrive.