A lost Future : SHEZAD DAWOOD/THE OTOLITH GROUP/MATTI BRAUN Shezad Dawood /The Otholith group /Matti Braun
The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St.
New York, NY 1011
In The Otolith Group’s transtemporal consideration of modernity in urban India, the narrator questions, “Why do Indian artists produce so little science fiction?” The reply: “Satyajit Ray’s film The Alien would have rendered this question void. It is this emptiness that allows a nostalgia for a lost future.”
The three-part exhibition A Lost Future challenges existing histories and speculative futures across cultures and in Bengal—a culturally rich region divided between present-day India and Bangladesh. The three contemporary artists featured in the exhibition—Shezad Dawood, The Otolith Group, and Matti Braun—engage an evocative range of mediums that spans virtual reality to an immersive lake along with painting, film, sculpture, and photography. Through rich storytelling, A Lost Future explores themes of virtuality, modernity, and world-making in ways that are universal as well as interconnected and specific to this region.
A Lost Future presents still works by all three artists throughout the run, while the central cove will rotate to highlight each one individually.