Time, Forward! The exhibition
11 May–20 Oct 2019
V–A–C Zattere, Venice
A new project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and
The title is also an ironic take on the revolutionary 20th century Soviet slogan. Over the Soviet era, Time, Forward! has become a celebrated novel, a film and a tune that was very popular for decades and is still highly recognisable in Russia today. While its original use proposed 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.
Time, Forward! presents new commissions from emerging and acclaimed international artists. At the very beginning of the project, the artists all gathered in Venice to discuss their ideas about time, as well as about the speed and breadth of knowledge turnover in today’s world, responding to each other's attitudes and ideas. When our lives are deluged with images, tweets, real and fake information, can we embrace tools or positions of resistance that can help us improve our living conditions?
The exhibition occupies the entire space of
Time, Forward! is 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 + The Provisory Anti Fascist Committee of Venice, Barbara Toma and OS.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in the form of a propositional reader (available at the opening). As well as essays by Eugenia Suslova, Omar Kholeif, Yoel Regev, Ben Eastham, Orit Gat, Paul Soulellis, Mathew Dryhurst, Francis Tseng, and Alexei Penzin, each artist occupies a number of pages where they have been invited to provide sketches of the proposed new work or images of previous or contextualizing works or references.
Rosa Barba, Aleksandra Domanović, Valentin Fetisov, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Daria Irincheeva, Alexandra Sukhareva, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Adam Linder, Haroon Mirza, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, James Richards, Kirill Savchenkov, Where Dogs Run.