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2023 theme: Twilight Zone
Twilight zone, or another name for the Earth’s terminator, is a moving border between the light and the dark dividing the planet into daytime and nighttime. While one half of the world is shrouded in shadow, the other receives the sun’s blessings. Ever since cosmogony the two have always existed as counterparts, one unable to exist without the other. Yet they are still perceived with very different connotations in a dichotomy highlighted throughout history in myths, religion, art and popular culture.
The darkness always lurks beyond the horizon, waiting to consume us; its creatures at the ready to carry us into the underworld to face the absence – the ultimate nothingness. The life of the darkness and depravity comes easy, if unwanted, yet the light’s existence is a constant endeavour to push through. No wonder, as its struggle is also that of morality: the good versus the evil, the righteous versus the damned. In Greek mythology we find many personifications representing this scale – yet what is sympathetic and relatable to our daily experience is that all of those characters are ambivalent; gods and humans alike, each one of them fighting their given nature, staggering in the insecurity and contrast that constitutes life.
What happens at the thin line between the day and the night? Is all that lurks in the dark that what we should fear? Or is it possible that the flickering light, unreliable and always ready to disappear is not the only bearer of good and beauty? Would life without the dark be a life worth living? We have become so comfortable at challenging our set views of what is right and wrong and instead accepting what is given to us. Perhaps lingering for a moment in the twilight zone can make us recall that every shadow is cast by a light.