WORKPLACE is pleased to announce Later Is Now, a group exhibition curated by Portuguese artist Hugo Canoilas at Workplace London. Bringing together works by Sónia Almeida (b. 1978, Lisbon, Portugal), Eduardo Batarda, (b. 1943, Coimbra, Portugal), Kris Lemsalu (b. 1985 in Tallinn, Estonia), Musa Paradisiaca (b. 1986, Lisbon, Portugal) and Jannis Varelas (b. 1977, Athens, Greece )
Later is Now, borrows the title from Bernard Aspe’s text published in issue number 2 of Imprópria a Portuguese Political and Critical thought magazine, edited by UNIPOP.1 This exhibition was triggered by images of artworks Canoilas visualised while reading a collection of texts on the Future and on Childhood. Attempting to escape from the Anthropomorphic qualities of language and its entrapment, artists Sónia Almeida, Eduardo Batarda, Kris Lemsalu, Musa Paradisiaca and Jannis Varelas, offer a sort of opacity that one could relate to pre-language or a state of aphasia state.
“Although one can see the influence of new forms of culture, language, technology in the works exhibited one cannot deny their anachronistic mediums such as painting, ceramics or sculpture. Anachronism is a form of releasing the work from its historical entrapment. Later is Now gathers some matter against presentism’s “horrid fixity of everyday life” (Wally Salomão), the inexistence of a future (a common horizon), and people’s avoidance of the extreme experience of the present…” Hugo Canoilas, 2017