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The Future Lasts Forever/Framtiden varar för evigt

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Book Release and Exhibition Opening
+Presentation of the project by Carlos Motta and Runo Lagomarsino
+Lecture by Miguel López, Red Conceptualismos del Sur
Time: November 19, 2011, 3 pm at
Place: Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden

The Future Lasts Forever is a book and exhibition project initiated by artists Runo Lagomarsino and Carlos Motta featuring contributions by 21 artists, collectives, and writers who reflect about “the future of Latin America.”

What is the future of Latin America?
When thinking about the making of a future, of an idea of futurity, we must think of what kind of historical lenses we shall employ. The future is inevitably tied to the past and it is defined by the present. The past has been created by ghosts that have determined the present; as specters they manifest in the present as agents of influence. Is there a productive mechanism to free ourselves from this kind of historical determination? What is the role of memory and history in this process? What is the role of artists in imagining a society of the future?
The Future Lasts Forever Sweden features works by Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Bunga, Mariana Castillo Deball, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Carlos Garaicoa, Antoni Muntadas, Adriana Lara and Wilfredo Prieto.
November 19, 2011- March 4, 2012

To speak of the future is to talk about that which is yet to happen, i.e. the potential of the predictable course of things to change. Aesthetics is one of the areas where potentiality takes place, where a body, an image or a word can achieve something that has not yet been possible to predict, pushing for unexpected transformations. In Latin America, during the 60s and 80s, a number of visual strategies were invented in an effort to evade and denounce the illegal methods of oppression, State coups, civil rights restrictions and censure of cultural and social spheres. Most of them not only represented but also performed alternative (ethical, sexual, political) futures that irreversibly transformed the present. The presentation at Gävle Konstcentrum is a brief overview of the period in an attempt to think how these aesthetic utopias shaped a collective wish fulfilment.
-Miguel López

Miguel A. López (Lima, 1983) is a writer, artist and researcher. He is an active member, since its foundation in 2007, of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur. He has published his writing in periodicals such as Afterall, ramona, Papel Alpha, The Exhibitionist, Artecontexto, Papers d’Art, on topics including queer politics, reactivation of the critical memory and the processes of historicising Latin American art of the 1960s and 1970s. He is co-author of “Post-Ilusiones. Nuevas visiones. Arte crítico en Lima. 1980-2006” (Fundación Wiese, 2006), and co-curator of various exhibitions and projects in South America and Europe. López lives and works in Lima.
The lecture will be in English.
The Future Lasts Forever compiles newly commissioned essays and projects by a group of Latin American artists and thinkers, who have been assigned the task to reflect about “the future of Latin America.” Ideas conceived to challenge traditional expectations about what the future will bring. The texts and projects in this publication also attempt to transcend stereotypical representations of Latin America, to reflect about our relationship to historical narratives, and to recognize the importance of the actions carried through in the present.
With contributions by: Alexander Apóstol, Beta-Local with Juan López Bauza and Luis Pérez, Giuseppe Campuzano, Carlos Capelán, Isabel García Pérez de Arce, Marianna Garín and Roberto Jacoby, Inti Guerrero, Runo Lagomarsino, Walter Mignolo, Carlos Motta, Mujeres Creando, Juan Velentini and Carla Zaccagnini.
Download a free PDF of the book here:,en/
The Future Lasts Forever is published in collaboration between Iaspis and Gävle Konstcentrum. A series of lectures and workshops will take place during the winter 2011-2012


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Adriana Lara, Banana Peel, 2008

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