Press Release


‘We must love one another or die.’
W.H. Auden

There are places in time and space where people have hurt each other. Until a bridge can be built, these places remain like an open wound in history.
( Yizhao Guan & Stephan Hausmeister )

The title of this exhibition, Bridge over Trouble is taken from the Simon and Garfunkel song, Bridge over Troubled Water, released in 1969. One of the best-selling hits of the 1970s, the song reflects a moment when issues of community and the global village emerged in the wake of the Vietnam War.

Bridge over Trouble brings together artists from China, the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Germany concerned with ideas of dialogue, communication and the possibility of change across different belief systems and cultures. Their artistic interventions are part of the vital exchange that speaks of the prime role of human agency through creativity, whereby ideals of free human expression and of liberty are represented through photography, video, painting and installation, with the human body as a potent symbol of humanity itself. Even though the world has become increasingly globalised in recent years, there is still much bridging to do with regard to non-violence and respect for human dignity. With the internet, communication through art has become more effective and far-reaching in the quest for bridging barriers across ‘fixed’ geo-political entities.

Katie Hill