Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam

“Who If Not We Should At Least Try to Imagine the Future of All This?”

Various Venues

When the Netherlands took over the presidency of the European Union last July, it was the first full term to include the ten new member states. To celebrate this occasion, Holland implemented a vast range of cultural programs called “Thinking Forward.” The visual-art component, a series of seven exhibitions instigated by Maria Hlavajova and collectively titled “Who If Not We Should At Least Try to Imagine the Future of All This? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe,” comprised three different exhibitions in the Netherlands, as well as shows in Budapest, Ljubljana, Vilnius, and Warsaw.

At Witte de With in Rotterdam, parting director Catherine David invited Austrian artist Peter Friedl to “respond to the project’s framework and to conceptualize the basis for a much needed critique by the project’s position towards the so-called guests: Who is welcoming whom and to what?” Friedl decided to make

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