The future is repeated
The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.
This exhibition ensues as a product of critical deliberation of the concept of future, not in mere temporal terms, but as a notion burdened by connotations of linear development, expediency and social progress. On the other side is the reality, full of cracks, glitches and errors, lingering around or going in circles, resisting the linear logic of progress, pointing out the places of non-assimilation and resistance in a stratified society who’s future does not belong to everyone.
Inspired by local urban projects and their misleading hints of change and wellbeing, I conceived this installation as a symbolic architectural vision, made of whole, as well as half-hearted, patched, extended, chiseled, and parted pillars, standing in emphasized opposition to notion of pillar as elements of support, stability, and compact entirety. This body of work partially relies on the layout of gallery’s interior space and the elements of its construction. Distinctively lowered ceiling of the gallery, the supporting pillar amidst, its almost perfectly cubical shape, were all starting points in this installation’s spatial deliberation.
The so-called architecture of the future is in reality often physically friable, abandoned, and left to the nature and its influences, so it serves as a sort of a melancholic testimony to the futility of human aspiration, but also as involuntary cynic commentary to political abuse and illusion. The time and the emotion are written into it; from the present, it speaks of the past, and points to the future which is already here, bare and demystified. Despite technological progress leading us to feel that the future is happening to us much faster than we could ever anticipate, creating a sort of extreme present, the past is always present; it is built into every aspect of our lives, bricked in, cast in concrete. Therefore, in these pillars merge – and collide – personal and universal, where the personal, private, folkloral and fragile, are elements of rupture, instability, and estrangement.