Today-Yesterday’s Future Tense

08/05/2018 - 14/06/2018

Zilberman Projects–Istanbul is pleased to host Sunoj D’s exhibition “Today—Yesterday’s Future Tense” at its project venue in Istanbul between 8 May - 13 June 2018.

Just like the fading echoes of the evening temple bells, the smell of ash on a cold winter morning, the dried ink of unfinished sentences on a page, a storm of a dead leader, the footprints of a refugee on wet soil, the broken wings of a wasp in a forest and a thousand hopes dripping from melted wax in a church, yesterday succinctly washes into the shores of today in a whisper.

With a pinch of courage we can think that the three most powerful things in life are birth, love and death. Love creates, destroys, mutates—the ideological self and the non-ideological nation, yesterday and tomorrow. Today is love, today is war. Today is the blackest black of the soot made by the brightest flame. Today we practice lies, loss and laws of yesterday for tomorrow.

The works stringed together in Today/ Yesterday’s Future Tense is an introspection and a reflection—on the conflict of the self in time, and in negotiating today. Whether it’s a love gone wrong or the wreckage of a nation, whether it’s a lie of a cold corridor of a hospital or the hopes of a parched land—today is a conflict with the past. If today is a conflict, then will tomorrow be so too? And what about dreams—unconquered and lying in the granaries of hope, nostalgia and desire?

Text by Namrata Neog, 2018

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Serhat Cacekli:

Sunoj D (Kerala, India, 1979) graduated from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (Bangalore, 2003). He completed his post graduation in printmaking from Bangalore University (2006). His selected solo exhibitions include: Romanticized objects from drunken nights (Exhibit 320, New Delhi, 2016), Estuary (GallerySKE, New Delhi, 2014), and A Forgotten Carpentry Lesson and a Love Song (GallerySKE, Bangalore, 2013). His selected group shows and projects include: Whorled Explorations (Kochi-Muziris Biennale , Kochi, 2014), Kindling (Fotopub, Slovenia, 2017), The Wedding Project (Art Dubai Projects and Delfina Foundation, Dubai, 2016), Nakivubo Food Forest Project, (Kampala, Uganda, 2015), Occasional Thoughts on Time (Opekta Ateliers, Cologne, Germany, 2015), When you watch them grow.. (National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi, 2012). He has also participated in various residencies including: Vent des forêts (Fresnes-au-Mont, France, 2017), Opekta (Cologne, Germany, 2015), A.i.R Dubai (2014), and A.i.R Gasworks (London, 2012). Sunoj currently lives and works in Bangalore, India.


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