A project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and V–A–C
11 May – 20 October 2019
Artists: Rosa Barba, Aleksandra Domanović, Valentin Fetisov, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Daria Irincheeva, Adam Linder, Haroon Mirza, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, James Richards, Kirill Savchenkov, Alexandra Sukhareva, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Where Dogs Run
Time, Forward!, a new project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and V–A–C, seeks to question the notion and function of time and how it relates to new forms of consciousness, action and sight in the twenty-first century. The title is also an ironic take on the revolutionary 20th century concept and Soviet slogan, which became a celebrated novel, film and tune that was very popular across decades and which is still highly recognisable today. While its original use proposes an optimistic and progressive view of acceleration, the exhibition takes a more critical position towards the celebration of velocity and compression of time in the digital age. The project presents all new commissions from emerging and acclaimed international artists who, at the very beginning of the project, gathered in Venice to discuss their ideas about time and the speed and breadth of knowledge turnover in today’s world. When our lives are deluged with images, tweets, real and fake information, can we embrace tools or positions of resistance that will help us improve our living conditions?
Time, Forward! will be complemented by an extensive Public Programme with the participation of Emilio Fantin, Silvia Federici, Adelita Husni-Bey, M¥SS KETA, Diego Marcon, Paolo Patelli, Alessandra Pomarico / Free Home University, Michele Rizzo, Davide Sisto, Strasse, Ines Testoni, The Feminist De-Colonial Collective and The Provisory Anti-Fascist Committee of Venice, Barbara Toma, ∞OS.