Carlos Motta, Artist

The Future Lasts Forever (2011)

The Future Lasts Forever is a book, exhibition and talk initiated with Runo Lagomarsino, featuring contributions by 21 artists, collectives, and writers who reflect about “the future of Latin America.”

What is the future of Latin America?

When thinking about the making of a future, of an idea of futurity, we must think of what kind of historical lenses we shall employ. The future is inevitably tied to the past and it is defined by the present. The past has been created by ghosts that have determined the present; as specters they manifest in the present as agents of influence. Is there a productive mechanism to free ourselves from this kind of historical determination? What is the role of memory and history in this process? What is the role of artists in imagining a society of the future?

Graffiti on the walls of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, spray-painted the night after the opening of their 10th Anniversary Exhibition “The Politics of Art” in 2010. This graffiti—apparently made by Kompany— served as a point of departure for this project. 


The Book

The Future Lasts Forever compiles newly commissioned essays and projects by a group of Latin American artists and thinkers, who have been assigned the task to reflect about “the future of Latin America.” Ideas conceived to challenge traditional expectations about what the future will bring. The texts and projects in this publication also attempt to transcend stereotypical representations of Latin America, to reflect about our relationship to historical narratives, and to recognize the importance of the actions carried through in the present

With contributions by: Alexander Apóstol, Beta-Local with Juan López Bauza and Luis Pérez, Giuseppe Campuzano, Carlos Capelán, Isabel García Pérez de Arce, Marianna Garín and Roberto Jacoby, Inti Guerrero, Runo Lagomarsino, Walter Mignolo, Carlos Motta, Mujeres Creando, Juan Velentini and Carla Zaccagnini.

Download a PDF here

The Talk
Miguel López from Red Conceptualismos Sur was invited to give a talk titled “Intercepting the Future.” He was later joined by LisaRosendahl (Director, Iaspis) and Carlos Motta for a debate on conceptual art in the contemporary Latin American context.


The Exhibition
The Future Lasts Forever was also an exhibition presented at Gävle Konstcentrum in Sweden (November 19, 2011– March 4, 2012), featuring works by Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Bunga, Mariana Castillo Deball, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Carlos Garaicoa, Antoni Muntadas, Adriana Lara and Wilfredo Prieto 

Installation view at Gävle Konstcentrum, November 2011

Adriana Lara, Banana Peel, banana on the floor (2008) 

Allora y Calzadilla, How to Appear Invisible (2009), video, 21:30 min.

Mariana Castillo Deball, El donde estoy desapareciendo (2011), video projection, 20 min.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Ink and Blood (2011), silkscreened posters

Carlos Bunga, Lamp (2002), video 1:34 min.

Francis Alÿs, When Faith Moves Mountains (making of) (2002), video, 15:06 min.

Antoni Muntadas, On Translation Fear/Miedo (2005), video 30:27 min

Wilfredo Prieto, Cuba Libre, rum and coke on the floor (2010)

Carlos Garaicoa, The Room of My Negativity (2005), 3d Animation, 45 min.