Notes for Tomorrow, 2022
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg
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Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait, 2020. Installation view, Notes for Tomorrow, Plug In Institute Of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, 2022. Photography © Karen Asher. Courtesy of Plug In ICA and ICI.
Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle, Episode 2: Yasmine, 2017. Installation view, Notes for Tomorrow, Plug In Institute Of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, 2022. Photography © Karen Asher. Courtesy of Plug In ICA and ICI.
Curated by Independent Curators International.
Notes for Tomorrow is an exhibition conceived by ICI, featuring artworks selected by curators from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this cultural moment of transition, each work is a source of inspiration from the recent past and a guiding perspective for the future. Many of the artworks in the exhibition address spirituality as a grounding mechanism, sharing ways to make sense of the world when so much is in doubt. Some engage with specific mythology, while others reveal political structures that may or may not still be standing. The formation of monuments is questioned, and their removal is all but certain. The exhibition addresses art’s potential in the construction of collective memory in a global era. We learn the importance of sustaining and sharing different forms of knowledge, prompting us to re-imagine our conceptions of the future.
Notes for Tomorrow was curated from selections by alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, a professional development program founded in 2010 on principles of international exchange, inclusivity, and knowledge sharing. With the ever-present backdrop of a global pandemic, ICI turned to these curators to question and reassess values and relevance in contemporary culture, and asked each of them to share an artwork they believe is vital to be seen today.