Artist(s): Adina Kraus, Claire Bridge, Hugh Crowley, Joseph Häxan, Karina Utomo, Michael Jalaru Torres, Michael Needham, and Ryan Andrew Lee
IN THE RUINS I SEE THE FUTURE is an exhibition that imagines the potentiality of new worlds through the collapse of our present one.
Upon the dawning of tomorrow—emblazoned with the miasma of today—this exhibition considers philosophical, political and poetic ways of resilience and renewal through the destruction of current futile structures.
Provoked by the perpetual catastrophes and on-going apocalypses affecting our dire present—such as capitalism, colonialism, industrialisation, globalisation, and individualism—the artists presented in this exhibition each look laterally towards dissolution and re-worlding.
Drawing upon ideas such as death ceremonies, divination, ancestral voice, body horror, religious and cultural ritual, the works altogether present a space that is fecund with cyclical and oracular visions—a space where destruction informs creation—a space where the serpent not only bites its own tail, yet devours itself.
Furthermore, the exhibition posits activist and anarchist practice as an adaptive and ethical re-ordering of status quo and as an abandonment of existing hierarchies. Through such, the ruinous terrains undulating throughout this exhibition acknowledge iconoclasm and collapse as potent gestures toward healing and regrowth.
Altogether, IN THE RUINS I SEE THE FUTURE casts a collective, numinous gaze forward, divining a future that is seemingly doomed yet also auspiciously glimmering.
Image: Adina Kraus, THE KING OF NOTHINGNESS, 2022, bronze.