04/05/2024 – 04/08/2024,

Forms of the Surrounding Futures

, Kunsthalle Münster

“The way to deal with asymmetries and violent frenzies that mark the present is not to forget the future – the here and now is simply not enough, queerness should and could be about a desire for another way of being in both the world and time, a desire that resists mandates to accept that which is not enough.” (José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, 2009)

Forms of the Surrounding Futures responds to the current state of permanent crisis by embodying and celebrating plural narratives beyond a normative dominance for a tomorrow in the exhibited works and performances. In doing so, the exhibition bypasses prevailing paradigms that uphold the status quo and anticipate possible futures to conceive of our present time as a moment of transformation full of potentiality. An expanded notion of "queer" forms the starting point to question prevailing paradigms and power structures and to rethink and reshape the construction of bodies, spaces, and times.

With the adaptation of the GIBCA 2023 (Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art) Kunsthalle Münster takes up the works of international artists, narratives that harness the collective capacity to imagine and rehearse future worlds: Dreams, community-building practices, vulnerability, and desire serve as starting points for reinventing the potential as well as the limits of bodies and language.

Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries the crucial activity of feminists, LGBTQ+ and racialised voices had an unparalleled place in dismantling longstanding structures of inequality, manifesting as beacons of alternative scenarios. Change regularly emerges via the struggles of the oppressed: Sexualised and racialised others’ have been imposed a proximity to critical situations that place them at the forefront of social dissent. Their aim to dismantle dominant structures entails an intersectional struggle for equal and nonconforming forms of existence, one that echoes the mutually dependent and entangled life-systems on the planet.

Forging an alliance of others, Forms of the Surrounding Futures addresses shared urgent needs, celebrating plural narratives for tomorrow. It endorses the views of geographer Natalie Oswin: queer proposes a challenge of the norm by "operating beyond powers and controls that enforce normativity", entailing "radical (re)thinkings, (re)drawings, (re)conceptualisations, (re)mappings that could (re)make bodies, spaces and geographies" (Natalie Oswin, Critical Geographies And The Uses Of Sexuality: Deconstructing Queer Space, 2008). Through this expanded notion, queer unravels as a collective, emancipatory position, embracing racialized, sexualised and naturalised others in a nonormative affinity which makes visible the constructed features of the present and the emergence of multiple futures.

Curated by João Laia in dialogue with Merle Radtke

Opening: 3/5/2024, 6:00 PM

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The programme of the Kunsthalle Münster ist supported by the Friends of the Kunsthalle Münster.