Optimism and its afterlives reader

November 2020

Optimism and its afterlives reader

Jane Zusters, Matthew Galloway, Naeem Mohaiemen, Selina Ershadi

Optimism and its afterlives
Jane Zusters, Matthew Galloway, Naeem Mohaiemen, Selina Ershadi
Curated by Simon Gennard

Texts by Manon Revuelta, Matthew Galloway, Simon Gennard
Designed by Matthew Galloway

Edition of 150
ISBN: 978-0-473-54992-3

Published alongside the exhibition Optimism and its afterlives, this reader collects research related to Matthew Galloway's project The power that flows through us, a new text by Manon Revuelta written alongside Selina Ershadi's work The hands also look and a curatorial text by Simon Gennard.

Optimism and its afterlives thinks around a series of transitional moments, including works by artists who have found themselves witness to or bound up in scenes of change. Featuring newly commissioned projects by Matthew Galloway and Selina Ershadi, alongside works by Jane Zusters and Naeem Mohaiemen, Optimism and its afterlives proposes that art has the capacity to allow us to linger with the surprise, disarray, bafflement and hope of best-laid plans and unmet expectations. More a call to attention than a call to arms, the exhibition asks how art might aid us to maintain a desire for worlds to come, and how it might enable us to weather what feels intractable, immovable or overwhelming.

Softcover, unbound, 210 x 297 mm, 16 pp.