Eastcontemporary features the exhibition The Future in Reverse, with pieces from Polish artists Agata Ingarden and Agnieszka Polska, centered around the themes of time, mythology and metaphysics
A new expositive space opened in Milan, dedicated to research, development and promotion of contemporary art from East and Central Europe. Supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Consolato Generale della Repubblica di Milano and Istituto Polacco Roma, eastcontemporary aims to be a landmark in the diffusion of East and Central Europe’s works of art, shining a light on its protagonists and bringing their work to a new audiences. During its opening, the space features the exhibition The Future in Reverse, with pieces from Polish artists Agata Ingarden and Agnieszka Polska, centered around the themes of time, mythology and metaphysics. Abandoning the concept of time as a linear series of moments, each one following the other in a sequence, the artists delve into an exploration of chronology that escapes linearity in a true post-modern fashion, finding a way to imagine a future not grounded by the weight of a specific present or past. The art of Agata Ingarden is focused on narration, expressed via different languages: writing, video and sculpture are only some of the media that the artist chose to develop her message, each one reverberating the others in a synergy of effort. In the exposition there are three sculptures, Lucy, The Mirror and The Solar Panel and four videos The House, The Birth, The Eyes and The Ears, and nine tales, all realised in 2018. The concept of ‘home’ serves as a denominator between all the different pieces created by the artist, in a body of work that elaborates concepts in a fascinating form, different shapes that contain different but similar meanings. ‘Home’ is conceived as a living place that resonates with news, time and weather, a living being connected with the natural world and its myths. Agnieszka Polska is present with her Future Days (2013) film, a movie that portraits a conversation between dead artists. The protagonists, personified by actors with rubber masks, roam a land punctuated by old pieces of art without any reference pointing to a precise temporal setting. People from different periods of time communicate to each other, affirming an idea of maze-like temporality, where present and past can waltz together unrestrained. The work of the artists will serve as part of the cultural program Odds Against Tomorrow, featuring an exploration of the concept of future, its possibilities and impossibilities, shaped as a sequence of thematic exhibitions and meetings. Eastcontemporary, via Giuseppe Pecchio 3, 20131 Milan. For information or questions write to [email protected] or visit www.east-contemporary.org.