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Karin Keisu and Josse Thuresson
No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting (2020)
Virtual installation, sound
No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting, detail, Touching 2022, 2020
No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting, detail, Touching 2022, 2020
No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting, detail, Touching 2022, 2020
No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting, detail, Touching 2022, 2020
What if we would embrace critique, despair and belief of a better future at the same time?

The sun sets while eternally reciting a song. At the bottom of a speculative landscape it lies to rest. Its radiant emission fades and its lungs get stronger, if you approach it. A sunset invites the night. In protection of opacity, either darkness or privacy, queer desires unfolds and gets latitude. In the periphery of society’s gaze other forms of intimacy, cruising, club life, drag shows have enabled the becoming of non-mainstream narratives.

No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting imagines a moment between a world falling apart and a world starting over. Being optimistic about the future could be to embrace pessimism as a site of resistance, protest and struggle. To face a world without lingering in tracks cemented by the past. There is something hopeful about dystopias. A potential collapse so massive that we have to start all over, instead of filling the cracks of a broken system with false promises and quick fixes that only make living possible for a small number of people. It can be the entrance to an alternative reality. Maybe the beginning of a generous, equal world.

Part of Touching 2022 presented by UNKNOW at www.unknow.online
Curated by Karin Keisu, Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen and Josse Thuresson