FORTRESS OF SALT
EBENSPERGER RHOMBERG SALZBURG has invited Séamus Kealy to thematize an exhibition and select a group of artists to present their work. The criteria: each should have a relationship to Salzburg.
The result is an exhibition of 21 artists of varying media called “Fortress of Salt.” The exhibition theme itself a relationship to the city only as a fanciful translation of “Salzburg” in English. Rather what is suggested is the notion of a fortress made from salt, which itself denotes several associations. One might fathom ideas such as an overall fragility of civilization (both historical and contemporary), the passage of time, the consequences of crisis upon larger structures, the dissolving of ideas, even philosophy, in reaction to outside pressures, whether political or not, and indeed, the dissolving of anything robust in appearance but itself vulnerable to external forces. With this metaphor in mind, Séamus Kealy has selected twenty artists who each responds to this theme openly and individually through their work. The gallery is divided into several sections, each with its own framework that arises from the overall them.