Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger reflects upon the uncanny sensation of the ultra-modern global megalopolis, and the increasing sense of alienation we encounter in our flattening world. The exhibition builds upon social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s 1970s theory of “The Familiar Stranger” to consider urban apocalyptic symptoms; physical, environmental, behavioral, psychological, and social. Through works exploring isolation, confinement, collapse, transience, anxieties, and fantasies of inhabiting collective urban space, Frozen World offers an almost satirical point of view on the human condition and what it means to be alive together in the present, and in the constructed future.
Immediately following its conclusion in San Francisco, the exhibition will travel and open in a re-imagined formation at KHOJ on December 8, 2016.
12 October – 19 November 2016
3295 20th Street, San Francisco
KHOJ International Artists Association
8 December 2016 – 11 January 2017
S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi
Delhi 110017, India
Image: Rachel Rose, Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013. HD Video, 9 minutes and 49 seconds