To be going

To be going

The title of the exhibition, To be going to, refers to a grammar feature of the English language, a form of the future continuous and its possible ambiguities (especially for people for whom English is an acquired language). This “intentional” future seems to be suspended between two meanings: the intent, referring to a decision already taken, imminent, and the unavoidability of something that is about to happen, something the speaker cannot help but undergo.

Precisely due to its apparent contradictions – wavering between intention and submission – and due to the idea of circular movement implied by the repetition of to at the start and finish of the phrase, the title triggers reflections on the status of the invited artists: all students at the academy, all in a state of formation/becoming, they are all “going to” translate their intentions into poetics, while at the same time coming to grips with an exhibition that may also seem like an abrupt, unavoidable acceleration of their progress.

The exhibition includes works by eight artists and has the intention of widening a phrase – “to be going to” – expanding it, making it resonate inside the exhibition space through the indications suggested by the artists in the wake of shared reflections: intention and inevitability, will and uncertainty, becoming and undergoing are the terms that have emerged from these ponderings, and are translated in the exhibition as movements (or interruptions that can correspond to inevitable choices), and as hypotheses of meeting among works that delve into different languages: painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.

To be going