Modern Love explores the state of love and intimate relationships in the age of the Internet, social media, neo-liberal capitalism, and globalisation. It probes the societal patterns and challenges as well as possibilities that the Internet and social media present to our intimate relationships.
Digital technology and consumerism have significantly transformed love and social relationships. The experience of the virtual has increasingly dissolved the boundary between private and public. This influences how we communicate and interact with one another, especially with those closest to us.
On the one hand, the Internet and social media have facilitated the expression of non-heteronormative identities, forms of desire, and alternative ways of being. On the other, they have played a problematic role in cultivating pathologies such as narcissism, obsessive self-performativity, digital dependency within relationships, and the commodification of emotion.
The conflation of reality and fantasy has created complex psychological and relational entanglements, which are explored – among other things – in this exhibition.
The production of the exhibition is a collaboration of Tallinn Art Hall (Estonia), Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (Germany) and IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht (the Netherlands). The exhibition will be open at Tallinn Art Hall from 12 June until 5 September 2021 and in Utrecht IMPAKT Festival 27 October until 12 December 2021.