During the summer, Galerie Thomas Schulte presented in the gallery’s Corner Space Everything is Going to be OK, an installation by US-American conceptual artist Allan McCollum as part of his special charity project in collaboration with the gallery.
Exhibition Everything is Going to be OK
Artists Allan McCollum
Venue Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
All images Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Allan McCollum began his collection of screenshots in 2015 as a visual essay about the meaning of closeness and comfort in our society. He wants his project to serve as a reminder that it is through the telling and sharing of stories that we perceive the world. It is also a critique of Hollywood and populist rhetoric which both instrumentalize our emotions by promoting the narrative of a hero coming to the rescue, while in reality we depend on being part of a community of family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. All the screen shots from films and movies amassed by McCollum depict people in situations of great uncertainty and distress being comforted with words of support that spell out in the subtitles. But while anxiety and worry are feelings that are individually and subjectively felt and experienced by all of us, the encouraging phrases, which are frequently used in the films, through endless repetition soon become meaningless and a social stereotype.