A generation of artists is emerging who view the dreams of economic progress and unlimited growth at their end. Simultaneously, we are witnessing the extent of humanity’s damage to the globe becoming exposed. The loss of a future once thought by some as great and bright leaves us in a futureless state. Such a state may feel at once empty and ominous, yet also appear as a promising site for speculative fiction and fantasy. From an insightful standpoint, queer/feminist voices articulately shine through this futureless void, offering visions of how society can be continuously shaped and reshaped differently. What does it mean for queer/feminist thought and art that the future is missing? How can we dream of and interpret the present as seen from the future?
The artists participating in the Futureless group exhibition speculate on these questions and more, recognizing an important history of queer/feminist futurism. Drawing from this historical sensitivity, Futureless understands queer/feminist lives as existing within an ecosystem; in a constant exchange with the rest of nature and society that renders them as interdependent. In this way, various worlds, or perhaps universes, emerge from the artworks, performances, workshops, and lectures that are presented during Futureless, worlds that detail imaginative proposals for queer/feminist futures, with fiction and reality appearing in unentanglable forms. Standing before a backdrop formed by the ever-shifting relations between human beings and the globe, Futureless looks forward, viewing the emerging political and ideological void as an opportunity to envision queer/feminist dreams of future life.
Curated by Oliver Dougherty.
Duration: September 18th - October 10th, Tuesday-Saturday, 2-7pm or by appointment
Entry free, RSVP required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website form on https://www.somos-arts.org/.
SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967 Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße).
Areej Huniti & Eliza Goldox
Maria Kulikovska with Uleg Vinnichenko
Maxine Puorro, Eddy Levin & Helah Cooper
Heather Renée Russ
Anna M. Szaflarski