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Cassandra Ferguson. ‘Lounge: Machines for Un-Living,’ 2019. Photo Credit: Robert Waldeck

Future Retrospectives

Graysha Audren, Mia Cinelli, Hannah Claus, Cassandra Ferguson, Tsēmā Igharas, Andreas Krätschmer, SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE (Christina Battle and Serena Lee), Studio Björn Steinar, Adhavan Sundaramurthy, Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart, Jessica Thalmann

Curated by DesignTO and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre

January 17 – March 29, 2020

Artport Gallery, Bill Boyle Artport



Future Retrospectives is a group exhibition featuring the work of eleven local and international artists and designers, unified by a shared methodology: using the past as a lens through which we imagine the future. It asks, “What will the future look like, and how did we get there?”

Creative acts are, by their nature, future-oriented. Creativity brings to fruition that which did not previously exist and, in doing so, builds the future. What is this future-world that we are building? What does it look like and how does it work? How do we prepare for it? Future Retrospectives proposes that in order to have a meaningful understanding of relationships in the future and our role in them as creators of material culture, we have to look at how the past, present, and future are interconnected. By considering the past, we are able to holistically imagine the future.

Thank you to our external jurors Farah Yusuf and Melanie Egan.

Generously supported by Lemay


This exhibition is part of the DesignTO Festival (January 17–26, 2020).

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