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Martin Le Chevallier, Münster, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 48 minutes. From “Tracing the Future.” KADOC.

“Tracing the Future”/Yto Barrada

Various venues/M–Museum Leuven

Martin Le Chevallier, Münster, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 48 minutes. From “Tracing the Future.” KADOC.

Starting from the premise that any potential future will find its lineaments etched in the past—in contrast to mere futurist fantasies without material grounding—“Tracing the Future” drew together works with strong research or archival proclivities, though none lacking in aesthetic power. Incisively curated by Stéphane Symons, Hilde Van Gelder, and Eva Wittocx, the exhibition of five distinct presentations stretched over five locations, mining historically diverse relations to this university town. The archaeological sensibility mirrored Yto Barrada’s excavation of Morocco’s artisanal fossil industry, presented at M–Museum Leuven, which runs through January 17 and served as an overture to the group exhibition. Offering kitschy sculptural reproductions of prehistoric scorpion and trilobite fossils found in the dry region between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara—the

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