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Futurity

This hundredth issue explores the theme of futurism, which offers new avenues for thinking about a more positive continuation of the world outside the traditional schemes of critical utopianism. Whereas according to our chronological way of conceiving time, the past would influence the present and the latter would act on the future, futurity proposes that the future we anticipate determines our present actions. Thus the future that we imagine would act directly on the present by shaping these actions. The notion of futurity can also be understood as a form of reparation inscribed in a decolonial perspective. Practices such as Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurism, which specifically target these issues, are a focus of reflections on futurity. We also discover works that go beyond time frames, combining traditional knowledge and technology, ancestral myths and speculative fiction, works that are resolutely critical and committed to the future.

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Family

As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.

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