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Nørregade 29
DK 4600 Køge
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Tuesday-Sunday 11-17
Monday closed
40 min from
Copenhagen H

REALISTIC UTOPIAS
AN ARCHIVE OF THE FUTURE

16 december 2022 – 11 juni 2023

realistic utopias square

Imagine the future as a reachable dimension we may explore across time.

KØS presents Realistic Utopias, a group exhibition curated by Irene Campolmi, dedicated to investigating and presenting art projects from all over the world that at first glance have an utopian and unrealistic vision.

Realistic Utopias consists of 9 different art projects created by artists, who are born, have lived or are living in different geographical regions of the world. Each artist presents an unrealized or unfinished project or idea for an art installation conceived to be part of the public space of their individual geographies. Inside KØS the ideas and projects are presented as a map of possibilities for public spaces all over the world. They are not sketches, but projects that exist in another temporality: in the future, waiting for the right sociological, political and economic conditions to be realized. 

The stars we see at night in the sky with the unaided eye lie about 4.000 light-years away, meaning that they appeared 4.000 years ago. Like the stars in the sky the ideas and projects presented in Realistic Utopia seem impossible to realize today but could very well unfold in a not-so-distant time from now.

The artists participating in the show are: Hassan Khan, Caroline Monnet, Cooking Sections, benandsebastian, Alessandra Ferrini, Alexandra Pirici, Victoria Keddie, Dawit L. Petros, Pedro Reyes.

By inviting artists from different parts of the world, the exhibition wishes to question the accustomed European notion of ’public space’. A notion which is rooted in a Western perspective and anchored to the ancient Greek term and idea of the ‘agora’ which means a place where political decisions are made. Thus the show questions not only what ‘public space’ signifies or represents in eg. Egypt, Palestine, Denmark, Argentina, Eritrea, Mexico and on Indigenous land, but also how the notion of ‘public’ changes once we change the political, cultural, geographical perspective from which we look at it.

In tandem with the exhibition KØS presents a public programme including a series of discursive and performative events that reflect, question and expand the geographical, cultural and political notion of public spaces today and the potential role of art in transforming them.

The exhibition is sponsored by:
The Mexican Embassy in Denmark
 
Realistic Utopias is realized with generous support from:
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