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The Future is Present

January 21 – May 16, 2021

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“We projected ourselves into a future in which we are loved absolutely and we rehearsed our lives there.”

The Future Is Present is a process and a practice, it’s a model for building community in a very small and incredibly powerful way. Led by artists Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Janani Balasubramanian, Sunder Ganglani, June Cross, and Alyssa Simmons, the project built a small community of Black and Indigenous young people* and a small community of young artists from Bard College** to spend seven weeks cultivating intimacy and discourse. 

The youth cohort created demands on our collective future. The Bard community members listened, deeply.

The artists at Bard made a series of short films for the youth cohort, available to view here.

* Reggi Alkiewicz, Tobias Torian Chance, Nia-Selassie Clarke, Whisper Crow Dog, Denaysha Macklin, Alethia Ramos, Dezjuan Smith, Kacey Thomas, Zia Williams, Gabrielle Xavier

** Adrian Costa, Megan Lacy, Cam Orr, Anya Petkovich, Taty Rozetta, Hakima Alem, Dani Wilder, and Mengchen Zhang

To read a transcript of the video above, click here.