15th November - 9th december 2016 / wimbledon space
Exhibition Dates: 15 November - 8 December 2016
Opening Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Closing Event: Thursday 8 December, 5 - 8pm
Co-curated by Amy McDonnell and Marsha Bradfield.
Communities don’t just happen, they’re made.
What Happens to Us examines democracy as a system of community formation. The exhibition unfolds in the long shadow of UK’s EU referendum and with the threat of Trump leading the so-called free world, compelling many to ask should we ‘just say no’ to democracy. What if the philosopher Joseph de Maistre was right: People really do get the governments they deserve?
What Happens to Us takes as its departure Group Material’s Democracy (1988-9); an exhibition determined by roundtable discussion on the pressing issues of AIDS, cultural participation, election and education - today, we might add climate change, mass migration and economic disparity. In What Happens to Us we will eat, make decisions and research together, building the exhibition and its ethos over time. We will host workshops, talks and screenings in four, weekly phases - ‘Build’, ‘Elect’, ‘Use’ and ‘Account’ to explore the politics in our communities.
Exhibition Event: The exhibition will be accompanied by a closing event on Thursday 8 December, 5 - 8pm.
Image: Courtesy of Neil Cummings