Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards

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Duration: 25 February – 25 May 2012
Opening: 25 February 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Venue: Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporanea, Mexico City

“Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards” is an exhibition project curated by Ivana Bago and Antonia Majača in the framework of the long-term project “WEIYTH: Where Everything is Yet to Happen”. This exhibition will present historical and more recent Central-Eastern European art production in Mexico and Middle America for the first time, including the following works from the Kontakt Art Collection: The Last Futurist Show, 21 paintings (1986) by Kazimir Malevich; Self Fashion Show, a film by Tibor Hajas (1976) and Universal Futorological Questionmark, b/w photograph by Július Koller  (1976).

The other participating artists include Chto Delat?, Collective Actions, Gorgona, Igor Grubic, Irwin, Sanja Ivekovic, Andreja Kuluncic, David Maljkovic, Ahmet Ogut, Dan Perjovschi, Anri Sala,  Mladen Stilinovic, Nicoline van Harskamp, Zelimir Zilnik, Artur Zmijewski

Where Everything Is Yet to Happen (WEIYTH) is a long-term, nomadic project, with the intentionally undefined constituents of the equation in its title always able to take on different meanings: the variables of place, time and event change to form multiple combinations and their consequences, according to the context in which each of its editions/fragments takes shape. Its abbreviation – WEIYTH – points to the in-between space where contemporary world, art and thought is situated in a perpetuating gap of the present, poised between promises of the past and an “unthinkable” future. The project questions the very concept of Eastern Europe and resists narratives constructed around „totalitarianism and reppression“ in the East vs. the ‘free expression’ of the artist in the West. Rather, it points to the legacies of the link between art and revolution in ex-socialist countries, articulating art as a primarily socially engaged and transformative practice.