Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery

Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum. Phoenix Will Rise, 2019. Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery

14 February 2019 – 12 May 2019

We are excited to support Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition Is  this Tomorrow?, a  major new project which takes This is Tomorrow,  Whitechapel Gallery’s 1956 landmark exhibition, as its point of departure. Bagri Foundation is proud to have enabled a new commission by Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum and award-winning Dhaka-based architect Marina Tabassum.

In an era when humanity is facing new challenges posed by big data, bioengineering and climate change, Whitechapel Gallery has invited ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future. They imagine scenarios in which queer desire, house music and fracking meet on a mountainside; grief and microbes generate new possibilities for housing; or machines dispense objects and emotions to support our place in the technological world of tomorrow.

Is This Tomorrow? features experimental propositions from some of today’s leading architects and artists responding to issues we face in the 21st century from natural resources and migration to technology and spirituality. Their experiential projects take the form of environments, models, structures and systems, incorporating artworks, objects, film and graphics.

Featured participants include: 6a, David Adjaye, Rachel Armstrong, Rana Begum, Tatiana Bilbao, Cao Fei, Mariana Castillo Deball, Cécile B. Evans, Simon Fujiwara, Andrés Jaque / Office of Political Innovation, Kapwani Kiwanga, David Kohn, mono office, Farshid Moussavi, Hardeep Pandhal, Amalia Pica, Jacolby Satterwhite, Zineb Sedira and Marina Tabassum.

Find out more and see their full list of events related to the exhibition here [link to webpage].

About Whitechapel Gallery

“If anywhere, this is the place to promote a new belief in the good of art.”

  • The Independent

The Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 to bring great art to the people of east London. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

Their history is a history of firsts: in 1939 Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica was displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery on its first and only visit to Britain; in 1958 the Gallery presented the first major show in Britain of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock; and in 1970 and 1971 the first shows of David Hockney, Gilbert & George and Richard Long were staged to great acclaim.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, art courses, Cafe/Bar and Bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

Whitechapel Gallery is internationally renowned for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and its pioneering education and public events programmes. They continue to play a unique role in the capital’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of east London as a leading contemporary art quarter.

Photo: Marina Tabassum, Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, 2012, Image Credit: Sandro Di Carlo Darsa