What makes us humans is our ability to signify, to create meaning, to accumulate it and to shape memory. Meanings are fundamental tools to the individual and collective creation of reality: they produce a common field through which we communicate, think, easily navigate the world and to exist.

Taking care of a new-born child, taking care of an artwork. Giving the same attentions, the same gestures, worrying not to hurt it, not to break anything. The same craving for knowledge. A new-born child becomes the core of the family in which it is born. Everything revolves around that tiny, precious, person in the making. It is not unlikely to hear someone say “Can I hold it?”, and the child is restlessly handed over from person to person. Attention is given to its head, we try our best not to cause it any pain and to make it feel at ease.

Soft action, and interior moments are captured with a hotness that tumbles through each vignette of Louis Fratino’s paintings. The paintings flit focus between time periods and styles in a way that seems at once personal and archetypal, so that one is unsure if they are depicting a family member, lover, or a more generalized depiction of the body conjured from art historical references.

Good evening! I am Mónika from Budapest Hungary and I am a nail artist. My passion is my hobby is my job is my life. Cuticle pushing, etching, matting – I am preparing the nail plate with spray prep and primer two.

CONDO is a collaborative exhibition by 46 galleries across 17 London spaces between 13 January — 10 February 2018. Condo takes its name from ‘condominium’ and is a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries. Host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries – either by co-curating an exhibition together, or dividing their galleries and allocating spaces. The initiative encourages the evaluation of existing models, pooling resources and acting communally to propose an environment that is more conducive for experimental gallery exhibitions to take place internationally.