The Little Things Could Be Dearer


Untitled, 2013, Carina Brandes; black-and-white photograph on Baryta paper; 39.4 x 29.2 cm; courtesy of the artist, BQ, Berlin, and Team Gallery.

Exhibition, MoMA PS1 New York, USA, until 08 March 2015.
In an age when digital communication technologies are changing the ways we relate to one another, we frequently encounter emotion in abbreviated forms and express it at a virtual remove. Against this backdrop of disembodied and dispersed sentiment, the exhibition highlights four artists whose work heightens our awareness of more direct relations. These artists create groupings or networks of forms that take as their subject aspects of bodies coming together – individually or socially – to emphasise their points of contact. Deeply rooted in physical and bodily engagement, the pieces explore the kinds of connections that do not lend themselves easily to language, and suggest that something fundamental occurs in the first moments of our encounter with other people and objects.