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The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable

Event Type: Exhibitions

Event Date: Fri 23 June - Sun 20 August

Event Time: Start Time: 12:00 - End Time: 18:00

by Calvert 22 Foundation

Calvert 22 Foundation 22 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP

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Felix Kalmenson, still from Atlas (2017). Courtesy of the artist

Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm

Private view: Thursday 22 June

A group show on writing (and rewriting) history

“The future is certain”, according to an old Soviet joke. “It’s the past which is unpredictable.” This exhibition reflects on the ways history is written and the inevitability with which the past reasserts itself in the future. Bringing together works from nine New East artists and collectives, The Future is Certain is an economy of ideas and artworks as well as historical facts and records that refuse to disappear on their own.

The past is a force that needs work – cultural, social, political, psychological – otherwise it tends to reaffirm itself in the future. History itself is the central subject of the show: It is a research material, a source of imagery, a producer of revolutions, wars, inventions, and prophecies, and an object for thought.

Participating artists: Deimantas Narkevičius, Jonas Mekas, Emily Newman, Emilija Škarnulytė, Felix Kalmenson, Slavs and Tatars, Rather Than Happiness, Jura Shust, Juan Pablo Villegas

Curated by Monika Lipšic.

Part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution season marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

In partnership with the Lithuanian Culture Institute.

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