How can artists working today help us imagine the future? What concerns will affect us as a species? What will the world and politics surrounding us look like? How will our cultures change, and how will the people of the future think of us as their past? These are the questions the Ulrich will tackle in a series of presentations of moving image works titled Some Possible Futures.
The Boat People is the first exhibition in this series. In his 2020 film, Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen visualizes a depopulated post-apocalyptic world. A group of five children sail the seas and try to understand their ancestors’ past through the traces of material culture they find. In the process, they also make viewers consider afresh the evidence of war, migration, suffering, and survival that we are leaving behind us.