close button

EXHIBITION - HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter Narrative

Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Online
September 10, 2021
October 17, 2021
No items found.
After a year of reckoning come and gone, in 2021 reality is anything but in balance. Waves of counter-narratives continue to bloom and subvert our knowledge base, flooding the frameworks that once navigated our senses of being and belonging.
Driven by the fusion of the physical and virtual realms – Europe now watches as a young generation of makers attempt to foster a new cultural literacy; searching, breaking, and reworking their mediums and conceptual moulds. But can we define a direction in all this disorder? Within this climate of hybrid experimentation, we are witnessing the forging of new realities each day. What new forms of making, narrating and reading are here to stay, and what can we just make out on the horizon ahead?

Eleven Futures artists will explore the festival's main theme in a hybrid exhibition, showcasing their work at Melkweg Expo and in an online environment, activated by QRcodes. The artists were selected through an open call for all the talents who have joined the platform in the past four years.

Making use of different mediums in dialogue with photography, the projects investigate the impact of technology and knowledge production on humankind and the natural world.

The show is curated by Marina Paulenka (Founder and former Artistic Director of Organ Vida and former Artistic Director of Unseen).

Here are the selected Futures artists to the show:

1. Maija Savolainen

2. Hien Hoang

3. Emily Graham

4. Carlos Alba

5. Eva Kreuger

6. Marta Bogdanska

7. Alexey Shlyk (in collaboration with Ben Van den Berghe)

8. Valeria Cherchi

9. Io Sivertsen (in collaboration with Ylva Gulpinar, Christa Barlinn Korvald and Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid)

10. Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping

At MILK CAFE in Melkweg, the artist Jean-Vincent Simonet will also present a live performance on 16 and 17 September. The project 'Mechanical Paintings' will then be featured in an upcoming publication by Futures, to be released this winter.


In addition to the show, we are also presenting a special showcase with all the talents who joined Futures in 2021.

Every year, Futures members nominate emerging artists to join the project. As in previous years, these new names in contemporary photography will be introduced in Futures Talents 2021. Curated by the platform, this showcase presents 68 talents by exploring themes and inspirations common to their work.

HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative
Curator: Marina Paulenka
Concept and text: Salvatore Vitale and Saba Askary

10 September - 17 October 2021
Melkweg Expo
Marnixstraat 409
1017 PJ Amsterdam

HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narratives is made possible with the support of Creative Europe, Mondriaan Fund, Pro Helvetia and exhibition partner LG Electronics.