The aim of this exhibition is to explore the theme of protection and the complex ways in which it is embedded in objects. The title reflects the duality of objects as both receivers and agents, in general but also specifically regarding protection.
Protection is a significant topic, as human survival heavily depends on protective mechanisms; for instance we protect ourselves from our surroundings or we protect our emotional stability. In a museum context, the selected objects are protected through preservation, but they also act as protectors and signifiers of the ideas expressed by their makers. The aim of this exhibition is to prompt the visitor to think about factors contributing to or forming the mechanism of protection, be that cultural beliefs, mental states, or external conditions. The five objects included in this exhibition have different layers of what we can associate with protection, and the visitors are invited to peel these layers in order to start thinking about protection in different ways. Everybody is also invited to reflect upon the bigger ideas that objects embody, and how the preservation of these objects can help us revive these ideas and carry them on to the future.
Who is this for?
We designed this exhibition for the wider public. That is because all demographics can relate to the theme of protection and also, objects come from a diverse range of backgrounds and epochs.
How to Navigate?
We encourage the visitors to view the objects in the sequence suggested. That way you will explore the theme of protection starting from a more straightforward and literal way, and gradually discovering more unexpected connections to protection. This sequence follows the creators’ own mind process, and how we step by step enriched our understanding of protection embedded in objects while designing this exhibition.
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