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Notes for Tomorrow

November 23, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Notes for Tomorrow features contemporary artworks brought together to reflect on the cultural transition ushered in by the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the ever-present backdrop of the crisis, Independent Curators International (ICI) turned to 30 curators from 25 countries to question and reassess values and relevance in contemporary culture, and to share an artwork they believe is vital to be seen today. 

Many of the artworks in Notes for Tomorrow 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 exhibition addresses art’s potential in the construction of collective memory in a global era. In this cultural moment of transition, each work is a source of inspiration from the recent past and a guiding perspective for the future. 

Artists:
Madiha Aijaz, Ernesto Bautista, Maeve Brennan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Luke Luokun Cheng, Nothando Chiwanga, Shezad Dawood, Demian DinéYazhi’, Cao Guimarães, Ilana Harris-Babou, Rei Hayama, Amrita Hepi, INVASORIX, Tamás Kaszás, Ali Kazma, David Lozano, Mona Marzouk, Joiri Minaya, Peter Morin, Omehen, Daniela Ortiz, Kristina Kay Robinson, Luiz Roque, Mark Salvatus, Yan Shi, Ibrahima Thiam, u/n multitude, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, A Liberated Library for Education, Inspiration, and Action. 

Curators:
Charles Campbell, Freya Chou, Giulia Colletti, Veronica Cordeiro, Allison Glenn, Tessa Maria Guazon, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Ivan Isaev, Ross Jordan, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick and Josh Tengan, Esteban King Álvarez, João Laia, Luis Carlos Manjarrés Martínez, Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa, Lydia Y. Nichols, Marie Hélène Pereira, Balimunsi Philip, Josseline Pinto, Florencia Portocarrero, Shahana Rajani, Rachel Reese, Marina Reyes Franco, Mari Spirito, Alexandra Stock, Eszter Szakács, Abhijan Toto, Fatoş Üstek, Su Wei and Sharmila Wood. 

Notes for Tomorrow is a traveling exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI) and initiated by Frances Wu Giarratano, Becky Nahom, Renaud Proch, and Monica Terrero. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art Fund, and ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

Image Credits 

Ibrahima Thiam, Mame Ndeuk Daour Mbaye,  2020
Photography, collection of the artist.

INVASORIXNadie aquí es ilegalHere No One Is Illegal, 2014
Video, 3’06’’
INVASORIX (cc) by-sa 4.0

Vajiko Chachkhiani, Winter which was not there, 2017
Video, 12’30’’
Courtesy of the artist, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, and SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo.

David Lozano, Hortua Inhospitalario, 2016/2017
Digital photograph, courtesy of the artist.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Notes for Tomorrow

Notes for Tomorrow

Notes for Tomorrow features contemporary artworks brought together to reflect on the cultural transition ushered in by the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the ever-present backdrop of the crisis, Independent Curators International (ICI) turned to 30 curators from 25 countries to question and reassess values and relevance in contemporary culture, and to share an artwork they believe is vital to be seen today.

Notes for Tomorrow Auditorium Screenings

Notes for Tomorrow Auditorium Screenings

As part of the exhibition Notes for Tomorrow, Cao Guimares, Shezad Dawood and Daniela Ortiz’s films are being screened at Pera Museum’s auditorium every Saturday between December 18 – March 6, at 15:00 – 18:30. 

Ali Kazma & Mari Spirito

Ali Kazma & Mari Spirito

As part of the exhibition, the artist Ali Kazma’s video is being shown, upon the curator Mari Spirito’s invitation. Kazma’s two-channel video work North is being exhibited for the first time in Turkey. North takes the viewer to Pyramida in Svalbard Islands to explore a deserted mine, operated by the Soviets from 1930 to late 1980s. 

Midnight Horror Stories: Witches’ Sun <br> Mehmet Berk Yaltırık

Midnight Horror Stories: Witches’ Sun
Mehmet Berk Yaltırık

I walk over rocks hot as iron under the September sun. I can make out a few lines in the distance, and a few cracked rocks, but apart from those, not a single tree, not one plant. I have walked until I reached this hill, in the trail of the letter that hurled me once again to my home town...

The Vanity of Small Differences

The Vanity of Small Differences

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large scale tapestries, completed in 2012, which explore British fascination with taste and class, and can be seen in the Grayson Perry: Small Differences exhibition. 

Is mutual understanding possible? <br> Berlinde De Bruyckere

Is mutual understanding possible?
Berlinde De Bruyckere

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.  Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.