According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, containment is the “the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits.” Containment could be thought of as the action and result of containing oneself or something else. It alludes to the closing off or to the harboring of something inside oneself, the suppression of something.
The concept of containment is often used in reference to physical elements which prevent a mass from escaping its boundaries or a substance from spilling out of its container. In mass events, where the objective is to organise the movement of people and to prevent misconduct, fences or containment walls are typically installed.
Containment relates to the idea of a wall, which according to A Dictionary of Symbols by Juan Eduardo Cirlot, expresses the idea of powerlessness, detention, and resistance – extreme situations. However, a wall in the form of a fence, and considered from within it, has a very different associated characteristic, which can be seen as one of protection.
Containment is an accumulation of feelings, a repression of what is inside, that which, when we decide to share it, flows out. However, there are times in our lives in which it is better to contain emotions and so keep them under control. When we are ready to express them, then we let them escape.
The collection CONTAINMENT includes work from Antoine Passerat, Jordi Bernadó, Guillermo Roel, Santiago Garcés, José Alcañiz, Laura Smith Blair, Imma Alonso, Veronica Escudero and GROK Photography.
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