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New Exhibition at Pera Museum: “Notes for Tomorrow”

The traveling exhibition of the International Independent Curators (ICI) called “Notes for Tomorrow” met with art lovers at Pera Museum in Istanbul. Prepared with the collaboration of 30 curators from 25 countries and recently exhibited in the USA and China, “Notes for Tomorrow” invites art lovers to re-question contemporary cultural values in the current crisis environment. The exhibition “Notes for Tomorrow” can be seen at Pera Museum until 6 March.

Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum is closing the year 2021 with three new exhibitions. Notes for Tomorrow, one of the museum’s new temporary exhibitions, has been brought to life by the Independent Curators International (ICI) [Independent Curators International] formation. In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition was inspired by a series of articles titled “Field Reports” created with texts from ICI members. Turned into a traveling exhibition, Notes for Tomorrow started its world tour at the beginning of 2021 and was opened to visitors at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College in the USA, Contemporary Calgary in Canada, and Sifang Art Museum in China. The exhibition Notes for Tomorrow can be seen at Pera Museum in Turkey between 23 November 2021 – 6 March 2022.

David Lozano * La hortua inhospitalaria, 2016/2017 * Photography installation * Collection of the artist

Artistic reflection of today

Bringing together the works of 29 artists from all over the world, Notes for Tomorrow explores the role of art in constructing collective memory in a global age. Many of the works in the exhibition question ways of making sense of the world in times of heightened suspicion and insecurity. In this period of cultural transition, each work offers a source of inspiration from the recent past and a perspective that shapes the future. When the works that focus on the concepts of isolation, home life, and care during the pandemic period and the works that do not directly refer to the pandemic are examined together, they constitute the reflection of today as a whole.

“Instead of representing a single voice at a time like this, we embraced the collective thinking.”

Allowing visitors to reflect on a global experience, Notes for Tomorrow was prepared by 30 curators selected from ICI Curatorial Education Program graduates. ICI Exhibitions Manager Becky Nahom stated that in this exhibition, which came to life with the collaborative work of 30 curators from 25 countries, they brought art lovers together with works that they believe are important to be seen today; He says that this exhibition, built on mutual trust, is also a call for readers, visitors and observers to communicate with the works.

Ilana Harris-Babou * Decision Fatigue, 2020 * HD video, 8’32’’ * Collection of the artist

A reminder or “Notes for Tomorrow” that guides the days to come

Drawing attention to the method they have chosen for the exhibition, Nahom said, “The stories we received showed the effects of the pandemic, as well as the changes in art organizations and how they adapted to the new situation. While social media and digital platforms took steps to reach the audience, people who could not come together indoors began to create projects on balconies and windows, all these developments brought art from art centers to homes. Therefore, being aware that we cannot represent a single voice at such a time, we aimed to develop an exhibition through collective thinking and determined the necessary parameters.”

Frances Wu Giarratano, Becky Nahom, Renaud Proch ve Monica Terrero tarafından programlanan ve Uluslararası Bağımsız Küratörler (ICI) organizasyonu tarafından düzenlenen Yarına Notlar gezici sergisi Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art desteğiyle gerçekleştirildi. Fon, ICI Mütevelli Heyeti ve Uluslararası Forum. Sergi, 23 Kasım – 6 Mart tarihleri arasında Pera Müzesi’nde ziyaret edilebilir.


Madiha Aijaz, Ernesto Bautista, Maeve Brennan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Nothando Chiwanga, Shezad Dawood, Demian DinéYazhi’, Cao Guimarães, Ilana Harris-Babou, Rei Hayama, Amrita Hepi, INVASORIX, Tamás Kaszás, Ali Kazma, A Liberated Library for Education, Inspiration, and Action, David Lozano, Mona Marzouk, Joiri Minaya, Peter Morin, Daniela Ortiz, Kristina Kay Robinson, Luiz Roque, Mark Salvatus, Ibrahima Thiam, u/n multitude, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, Yan Shi.


Charles Campbell, Freya Chou, Giulia Colletti, Veronica Cordeiro, Allison Glenn, Tessa Maria Guazon, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Ivan Isaev, Ross Jordan, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick ve Josh Tengan, Esteban King  Álvarez, João Laia, Luis Carlos Manjarrés Martínez, Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa, Lydia Y. Nichols, Marie Hélène Pereira, Balimunsi Philip, Josseline Pinto, Florencia Portocarrero, Shahana Rajani, Rachel Reese, Marina Reyes Franco, Mari Spirito, Alexandra Stock, Eszter Szak.cs, Abhijan Toto, Fatoş Üstek, Su Wei, Sharmila Wood.

Pera Museum can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 and 19:00 and on Sundays between 12:00 and 18:00. All visitors can visit the museum free of charge on Fridays between 18:00 and 22:00 as part of “Long Friday”, and on Wednesdays as part of “Young Wednesday”.

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Ibrahima Thiam
Maam Ndeuk Daour Mbaye, 2020
Collection of the artist

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