Forthcoming. Speculations in Urban Space
Group show featuring Hedda Roman

13. Apr. – 4. Aug. 2024
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Copyright the artists; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfahlen; Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Nine contemporary artists respond to upheavals in the urban space. The exhibition takes visitors to Beirut and Dhaka, Los Angeles, Berlin, Brasilia, and Naples. Film installations, videos, photographs, and books explore the themes of loss and destruction, memory and reconstruction. The focus here is on the city as a site of questions about the future, where new possibilities for communal life are constantly being negotiated. The “forthcoming“ becomes a moment of speculation about decay, renewal, and traces of the past in what is only just emerging.

Copyright the artists; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen; Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Works by Anusha Alamgir, Hannah Darabi, Guerreiro do Divino Amor, Walid Raad, Hedda Roman, Hito Steyerl, Liam Young, and Tobias Zielony juxtapose metropolises of the Global South with those of the West. Fictional cities also play a role, blurring the line between utopia and dystopia. Forward-looking speculations on the transformations promoted by climate protection, artificial intelligence, and globalization are juxtaposed with critical views of the historical development of urban projects that have emerged from the modernist promise of progress. The title “Forthcoming“ is taken from the homonymous book published in 2000 by the Lebanese writer and filmmaker Jalal Toufic (b. 1962). The term “forthcoming” speculatively reflects on a subsequent moment of decay and regeneration in which the past is always present. Toufic’s books and a selection of further reading on the large reading table invite visitors to delve deeper into the themes of the exhibition.

The exhibitions on the Bel Etage are supported by the Foundation for Art, Culture and Social Projects of Sparda-Bank West.

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