How are we looking at our pasts to better understand our present moment to influence our futures? In a not-so-abstract way, we see our heritage as a key to unlocking a more informed future. This way, we activate our heritage as a pathway to new perspectives of self and form vital solutions to unlearning false narratives of who we are.

By tapping into our heritage, we are collectively offering ourselves an opportunity to redirect our gaze to look within and build new pools of knowledge curated by us through us.

This knowledge bears witness to stories that came before and continues to live through us. In this present intersection of mixed realities, We Are Still Here reflects on what it means to be custodians of heritage. What kind of world emerges when people tap into a new era of creation outside of “validated systems?”

We Are Still Here provides cues and tools for self-excavation already embedded within different communities across the globe – Tools that turn us into anthropological archeologists who need not go far to excavate the value stored within. It’s an acknowledgment that our bodies of knowledge serve as sites of memory that hold heritage.
In his work, Teddy Pratt shows creation as well as the hope that you are not alone. Questions are to be resolved, which one asks oneself in life again and again. These flow into his visual worlds and are shown there as scenes.

Teddy emphasizes the importance that his works are accessible to all. So he is inspired by a wide variety of things . Things from everyday life and, even as a not very superstitious person, from the Bible or movies that do not correspond to reality.

Art is for him to create something new. Something that does not yet exist. To stimulate people who have nothing to do with art. Some of his paintings are influenced by the ancient art of the Aborigines. He is fascinated by this ancient culture with the western culture in to let merge in a painting. 

Teddy who holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Zurich believes that the interpretation of his art is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. He tries to incorporate various materials in his projects, using form and pattern to draw a connection between them.

Teddy's themes are particularly interested in the dominant Western theories of culture in relation to other cultures over the centuries, both aesthetically and historically. His conceptual approach is a unique expression of different mythology that taps into alternative possibilities of human creativity and suggests that we are not alone in the universe.

“I only allow a juxtaposition between the viewer and my work to provoke a confrontation between them. It is important for me not only to give the viewer an impression through visual aesthetic but to also confront them with a discourse.”

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