Three months into the UK lockdown and we are still battling the pandemic, the anxiety that has ensued, and the drastic changes to our ‘IRL’ lives. It has been banded around that this is a time of reflection; how true to that statement is the last few weeks that has witnessed disparate groups come together to fight for a political cause despite the global health crisis. This time continues to be about community. It was before the events sparked by the BLM protests, and it will continue to strengthen. This lockdown is time to reevaluate and reflect on our support networks and the strength of our communities. The online realm has been a blessing to so many of us. And art is fundamental to this. And art is fundamentally political, it is an act of self expression. But it is down to the organisation and curators to formulate their message in the correct context.
From the outset, Profile Gallery has sought to platform early career artists during this isolating time. Due to recent events that have, and rightly so, attracted global media attention, we want to be able to follow suit and re-shift the conversation. But it does not take an instagram post or one exhibition of POC or queer artists to do this. As aspiring curators, we are committing to educating ourselves and building stronger communities of POC, queer and female artists. The nature of the online gallery means that we do not have the pressure to ascribe to a certain agenda to represent art; we can only use this platform to continually critique and re-evaluate ourselves, our peers, and the art community. This is an experimentation project; we are building alongside the early career artists that we are platforming.