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The future is certain; It's the past which is unpredictable

Event Type: Exhibitions

Event Date: Thu 22 June - Sun 20 August

Event Time: Start Time: 19:00 - End Time: 00:00

by Calvert 22 Foundation

Calvert 22 Foundation 22 Calvert Ave, London E2, E27JP

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Felix Kalmenson, Atlas (2017) film still

The Future is certain; It’s the Past which is unpredictable

“The future is certain”, goes a Soviet joke. “It’s the past which is unpredictable.” The exhibition reflects on ways the history is written and kaleidoscopic power of history to reassert itself in the present.

Bringing together works from 7 artists, The Future is certain is an acknowledgement of the potent forces of the past, present and future. History is a vehicle of events – revolutions, wars, inventions, prophecies – that refuse to disappear on their own. Some work has to be done – cultural, social, political – otherwise the past claims itself in our present and future.

This group show offers a range of artistic representations,  manipulations and commentary on historical events, weaving our linear ideas of time, memory, record and change.

Artists: Felix Kalmenson, Emily Newman, Slavs and Tatars, Deimantas Narkevičius, Emilija Škarnulytė, Juan Pabo Villegas, Jonas Mekas (in conversation with Justė Kostikovaitė and Johnston Sheard). Curator: Monika Lipšic

Deimantas Narkevičius‘ iconic video work Once in the XX century will be presented in the show where the Lithuanian filmmaker turns back the time and plays it in reverse – the statue of Lenin is put back on the pedestal in a square in Vilnius, edited from the material of actual deconstruction of the monument after the collapse on the Soviet union in the nineties. The exhibition also includes work by another Lithuanian artist Emilija Škarnulytė (born 1987, based in Berlin and Tromso) filmed in a decommissioned former NATO submarine base that measures the scale of nature and industrial landscapes using the human body and architecture.


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