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OFF-Biennále Budapest: Forecasting a Broken Past

Curator(s):SOÓS Borbála
Artist(s):Can ALTAY / Andy HOLDEN / Nicoline VAN HARSKAMP / LÁSZLÓ Gergely / KASZÁS Tamás / Katarina ŠEVIC
Venue:Project Space
Opening:09/27/2017 18:30 (Wed)
Duration:09/27 - 09/27/2017

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday15:00 – 18:00

Group exhibition as part of OFF-Biennale Budapest:
Forecasting a Broken Past*
How to build better communities for the future? In recent times, many once sincere words from our political vocabulary, helpful to this quest, have been emptied out of meaning and potential. Over time, the use and miss-use of concepts like communism, community, civil-society, participation, self-sus- tainability and ‘better future’, has resulted in their corruption until a point where they are almost unus- able. How then, can we go forward from here? We could, of course, abandon these words and invent new ones, but in so doing we risk losing the ideas – meekly tossing aside a long history of hard-fought struggles as a result.
Alternatively, this exhibition revisits these concepts through specific historical accounts, with a view to open out, shuffle, diversify and potentially even strengthen a new resilience in shaping thought and social experience today. Instead of forming new terms, the show will help to reclaim and push forward certain attitudes from our history.
The works by each of the artists are result of major research projects, and take various historical movements over the past century as their starting point. By looking at these case studies carefully and in detail – either through a building (or land) and the community it used to belong to; or a group of people who were in many ways connected to each other through shared ideas and concepts – the projects offer valuable strategies to take away. For one reason or another each of these communities have changed since and the past movements became abandoned, yet their struggles remain some- how relevant and present in our collective memory. The works step away from the few usual utopian suspects – the well known and heralded – the used and many times repurposed motifs, and instead often draw on personal anecdotes and intimate moments of history.
The multiple voices within the exhibition reflect on stories about communities that are formed through shared attitudes and aspirations. Sharing these accounts of various modernist utopian, avant-garde, Marxist, anarchist, or even naive teenage strategies provides an opportunity to transfer their energies into contemporary structures of thought.
Building a community is bound to be a continuous work of negotiation, a collective struggle, and a wager for time that is shared.
*The title of the exhibition is an artwork by Can Altay, who proposed "the work being a title, a sequence of words, rather than having a physical presence”.

Link to the website of OFF-Biennale Budapest:
offbiennale.hu/programs/forecasting-a-broken-past