If Not Now features contributions from the graduating class of the 2018—2020 MA Fine Art of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The artists; Isshaq Al-Barbary, Charli Herrington, Carina Jansen, Bennet Edwin Kruit, Sinwah Lai, Sol Enae Lee, Winston Nanlohy, Gerardo Gomez Tonda, Gizem Üstüner, M.C. Julie Yu and Jinxiao Zhou, have individually and collectively contributed to this exhibition, with artistic approaches that are sensitive to difference and that respond to urgent social-political issues.
If not now
Graduating class of the 2018—2020 MA Fine Art
If Not Now features contributions from the graduating class of the 2018—2020 MA Fine Art of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.
The dystopian future arrived suddenly, unexpectedly andtraumatically in the shape of an invisible virus taking thousands of lives. As the borders closed, it became once again clear how one’s gender, class, income, nationality, age, and physical and mental state, directly affect one’s right to live. Aware of their own positions within this context—simultaneously precarious and privileged, the artists are determined to make an impact, to insist on a redefinition of norms, as artists and as humans. Without delay, they struggle to actualize the world they want to live in, not putting up with rules and relations that are imposed on them by institutions and the logic of capital. The individual and collective works in this exhibition are voices of urgency that call sonorously for what needs to be done. The current time of crisis only amplifies and echoes their call for change. Because if not now, then when?