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The Fragility of Culture in a Disposable World

The Fragility of Culture in a Disposable World
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24 Aug 2017 - 14 Sep 2017

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Room 700, Leeds Central Library

Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Room 700 in Leeds Central Library is inviting the general public to a visual arts exhibition that reflects on the value of culture in our contemporary society.

The Chilean artist Tere Chad, through various media exposes how culture struggles to survive in an over rationalized society, using the image of the circus as a metaphor. 

We are living in a disposable and capitalist society where old values have been replaced by how many things you are able to buy, to achieve a certain state of happiness. How does a cultural entity like a Library positions itself?

Therefore when the artist Tere Chad, saw in the news in her hometown, Santiago, that they where selling the ground of a traditional circus to build a white box Miami style building with palm trees (even though Santiago is not a tropical city), she felt so sorrowful about it, that she decided to go to the last functions to draw some sketches. She realized that she might not save the world, but that through her artworks she has the power to communicate and invite to reflection about the value we give to culture nowadays. Hence in ‘The Fragility of Culture in a Disposable World’, she is going to be exhibiting oil paintings, an interactive sculpture, a paper installation made with photocopies of the books of Leeds Central Library, and her research, that encourages visitors to think about the subject matter.

She uses the image of a circus not just to tell a story, but also in a metaphorical sense, expresses the melancholy and nostalgia that people feel about old times as better compared to emptiness of a hyper stimulated society. The style could also be defined as naïve, intending to show how naïve we behave as a society to changes that are faster to what we are really able to grasp. Maybe, they where not better old times after all, and we just need to recover our haptic sensitiveness; reason why all the artworks presented are totally handmade.

For her research she combined literature review of Leeds Central Library’s collection, with empirical ethnographical research. She uses two ethnographic research techniques: first she decided to ‘flâneur’ on London’s underground and overground to observe people’s behavior, and second she does a visual anthropological classification of free London’s newspapers advertisements; aiming to find to what extent we are departing from our tactile and instinctive nature.

All whom are interested can attend the private view on Thursday 24th August 18:00, at Room 700, first floor Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB.

The exhibition will be open free to public from the 25th August till the 14th of September.

You can check the venue website ( ) for opening hours.

The artist will be additionally giving some papier-mâché workshops and guiding cultural visits with the local school to incorporate the community in the activity. If you would like to participate please contact the Library staff writing to or call to  +44 (0) 113 378 5005. You can also check the artist’s account instagram @terechad where she updates information.



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