Long ago, and not true anyway5. Sep - 26. Oct 13 / ended waterside contemporary
Wednesdays-Saturdays: 12-6pm First Thursdays: 12-9pm and by appointment.
Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Rabih Mroué, Mekhitar Garabedian
waterside contemporary presents Long ago, and not true anyway, an exhibition that brings together works by Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rabih Mroué, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, and Mekhitar Garabedian, who engage in the re-assembling of historical narratives affected by migrations, invasions, economic interactions, time or memory.
In the exhibition, national mythologies meet personal anecdotes, official fact mixes with subjective creation, and an opportunity arises to consider the role of fiction in constitution of the prevailing world order.
Migration and exchange go hand in hand with globalisation; in parallel, conflict has led to movement of millions across borders. With surprising speed, communities emerge whose individual heritage has no intrinsic affinity to that of their neighbours’.
If ‘multiculturalism has failed’, such blending of identities, as participated in by the mixed-heritage native, refugee or the economic migrant, cannot be thought of as only a matter of individual experience. Instead, the sum total of the unlikely stories is the very foundation of any society’s mythology, and we are today participating in the creation of the memory for future generations.
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