Podium is suspending its exhibitions and daily activities due to the extraordinary situation caused by COVID-19 until further notice. Few last days were difficult: we had to postpone exhibitions, one of our team members is on quarantine (safe and sound), another team member had to postpone his own show last minute.
But more importantly, we regret that we will be deprived of physical conversations, sharing space and time – we believe the most valuable aspects of artistic production and viewing. The precarity of working as an artist is another challenge we will have to face. Many of us rely on temporary or freelance side jobs in culture, entertainment and service industry – many of which are put to pause until further notice.
For these reasons coming weeks will not be easy for us. Yet it is not a matter of despair. Artists are valued for their originality not only in terms of their work but also in terms of ingenuity in overcoming hardships of life. We shall prevail together, united and in solidarity with the rest of the society.