Postscripts to Revolution
Curated by Genevieve Quick
June 3 – July 2, 2016
Morehshin Allahyari, Jeffrey Skoller, Slinko, and Ehren Tool
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Postscripts to Revolution invites viewers to consider the distinctions between war and revolution and how we remember, react to, or imagine systemic change. In revisiting and engaging with specific or fictive histories, the artists confront both the failures and potentialities of revolution. They grapple with the calls for radical change even while aware of its frequently tragic outcomes.
Revolutionary narratives are, by nature, mutable and subject to interpretation, retroactively sequenced according to the perspectives and purposes of nation-state actors and true believers alike. The artists of Postscripts to Revolution, rather than aligning along any ideological aim or utopian vision, do not shy away from the losses that arise in the wake of revolutionary violence or from implicating themselves in the geopolitical conflicts they revisit and imagine. But by interjecting humor and poetry into their explorations, they remind us that revolution is a human-scale endeavor, in both its aspirations and execution.
The human-scale moments of imagination, reflection, and resistance in Postscripts to Revolution invite us to consider alternative histories and potentialities through the work of artists who hold varied and nuanced relationships to the idea of revolution.
Click here to download information on Morehshin Allahyari's project Material Speculations and her research into ISIS's destruction of original artifacts.