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Striving Towards the Divine


To err is human, to forgive divine. Alexander Pope penned these words – really great words to remember, says I! Anyway, on the subject of the god-like, Backlit are holding an exhibition entitled Sisyphus Happy, starting Friday 28th January and running for two weeks. Sisyphus, for those out of the (ancient Greek) loop, was the foolhardy guy who thought he could get the better of Zeus, through all sorts of absurd trickery and deceit. Suffice to say he couldn’t – and so ended up pushing a rock up a hill for the rest of eternity. Clearly divine forgiveness wasn’t universal, sorry Sisyphus!

The title of the exhibition, Sisyphus Happy, refers to an essay by the French philosopher Albert Camus:

The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy!

The exhibition strives to explore these themes – the absurdity of Sisyphus, the hubristic attitude he adopted, and the consequences resulting from that.

Open Friday 28th Jan – Sunday 13th Feb, Thurs – Sun 12:00 – 17:00

If you enjoy that exhibition and the other work that goes on over at Backlit, perhaps you’d like to be a part of it? A studio space has become available, with very reasonable rent! Check out this post for more information