Contemporary Histories – Intersecting Pasts and Futures

February 23, 2011,

Opening Reception: Friday February 25, 5 – 7 pm.

Contemporary Histories – Intersecting Pasts and Futures is an exhibition featuring works by Derya Akay, Jordy Hamilton, Emily Hui, Kevin Immanuel, Vytas Narusevicius, Heather Passmore and Joomi Seo.

Their works address the question of the centrality of contemporaneity to political, aesthetic and curatorial discourses and the different ways in which notions of contemporaneity engage our collective pasts and anticipate our shared futures. The demand that artists produce work that exposes, critiques or rejects that of their predecessors has lead to politically and conceptually ambitious undertakings that have occasioned greater institutional self-reflexivity and sensitivity. These same obligations have also led to the dominance of the “new” in the criterion of aesthetic and curatorial judgment. The curators of the exhibition have selected works that address these concerns.

Contemporary Histories – Intersecting Pasts and Futures is a project of the 2011 UBC Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) 30th Annual Graduate Symposium.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 4 pm. Exbibition runs to March 12, 2011.

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