Photography exhibition 'The Ugly: Politics and Aesthetics of Taste'

"The Ugly: Politics and Aesthetics of Taste" is a special collaboration between Kunstgang Leiden and a group of Masters students from the Photography department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

Students present work around the topic of 'The Ugly: Politics and Aesthetics of Taste' which was explored visually during their first year of the Master Photography & Society, in the course of Ali Shobeiri, curator of the exhibition.

During the opening on Thursday 6 February, professor Ali Shobeiri will deliver a short lecture on the topic, followed by informal discussions with visitors and students.

While understanding beauty commonly signifies intellectual refinement, appreciating ugliness reflects cultural vulgarity, or lack of good taste. In this exhibition, for example, while making a comment about an art work can render you an aesthete, connoisseur, or an arbiter of taste, it can also make you a vulgar, pervert, or a tasteless person. What makes an art work ugly or beautiful, worthy of praise or condemnation, has to do with the dominant politics and aesthetics of taste in the era in which we live in. This exhibition examines why the ugly has been continuously represented, appreciated, and preserved across the globe. To do this, it delves deep into the ugly through its common global manifestations, such as: kitsch, pornography, abjection, profanation.
Ali Shobeiri, Jan, 2020

The exhibition will be on view until 27 March 2020.

Details

Date

Thu 6 February 2020 19.00 - Fri 27 March 2020 22.00

Location

Kunstgang Gallery, University Leiden, Cleveringaplaats 1

More info

Opening on Thursday 6 February, 19.00-21.00

Visiting hours Kunstgang Gallery:
Monday - Friday 7:30 to 22:00
Saturday 9:00 to 22:00
Sunday 9:30 to 20:00