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Rituals of Commemoration, 2017

The Future Isn't What it used to be,

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, (UMOCA), 2017

Curated by Susan Caraballo

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be is a collection work that examines violence and man-made atrocities, reflecting how the future before us looks bleak and far from what we had envisioned the 21st century to look like

Violence is prevalent in our modern day: It fills the media, our television programs, popular movies, and video games. We are continually fed images and stories of war, whether it be from Aleppo, state brutality in Venezuela, terrorist attacks in cities such as Nice, or mass shootings like the one at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Generation after generation grow up playing with toy guns, shooting in video games, and are desensitized by the influx of media. We seem to be immune to violence and violent scenes…that is, of course, until the violence affects us directly.

Without using explicit scenes, The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be challenges its viewers to think about violence that humans have triggered and continue to inflict on the world. Crafted carefully so as to bring contemporary issues into question, Caraballo has created an exhibit that demands action and change from our society, and gives us the courage to create the future in which we want to live.

Artists: Octavio Abúndez, Ananké Asseff, Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima, Stephanie Syjuco, and Antonia Wright.


Art on Violence: The Future Isn't What It Used to Be – SLUG Magazine

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