Long ago, and not true anyway

5 Sep 2013 – 26 Oct 2013

Event times

Wednesdays-Saturdays: 12-6pm First Thursdays: 12-9pm and by appointment.

Cost of entry

Admission free

waterside contemporary

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses 141, 21, 271, 76 and N76 stop in New North Rd (Mintern Str) and 394 directly by the gallery.
  • Tube Old Street or Hoxton
  • Old Street / Hoxton

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Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Libia Castro and à â€œlafur à â€œlafsson, 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 à â€œlafur à â€œlafsson, 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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