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'HALF TRUTHS', Group Show at Hackney Road, E2 8ET, London

Drawing its title from philosopher Alfred North Whitehead’s assertion that “all truths are half-truths” (Dialogues, 1954), Half Truths delves into interpretations of reality, the validity of objective truth, the constraints of human perception, and the evolving landscape of knowledge. It invites us to explore hidden dimensions and diverse viewpoints in the quest for new modes of understanding.
Half Truths is an exhibition split into two parts, the first half running from 22 September to 7 October, and the second from 10 October to 29 October. Eleven contemporary artists present new artworks spanning installation, painting, sculpture and video. While the artists and space remain consistent, their works alternate, symbolising multitudinous possibilities and the divided self. The exhibition’s split is conductive to a progression, though the origin and destination remain undefined.
For the first half, the idea of active, subjective perception is explored as a means of engaging with reality. Themes span gnosticism, fan culture, technology anxiety, speculative ecosystems, marine evolution theory, accelerationism, androgyny, conspiracy theories, personal histories, and alchemy, offering imagined suggestions for rejecting a singular, objective truth.
The second half offers potential answers to the speculations in its counterpart, frequently leading to more sombre conclusions. Myths and fantasies collide with the unsettling reality of their lived consequences, and fictionalised atmospheres turn from air to grease. Here, artists echo, amplify, or underscore the messages initially introduced, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of their investigations.

23.9.23 — 7.10.23 / 11.10.23 — 28.10.23

Bora Akinciturk, Anna Clegg, Ella Fleck, Allan Gardner, Eric Heist, Tarzan Kingofthejungle, Daniel Lucey, Genesis P-Orridge, Sophie Ruigrok, Nour El Saleh, Adrian Schachter

Curated by Vanessa Murrell

Produced by Henry Dennler, Hector Rosenfalck

Photo y Ro Harris

Hackney Road, E2 8ET

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