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The three-part exhibition A Lost Future challenges existing histories and speculative futures across cultures and in Bengal””a culturally rich region divided between present-day India and Bangladesh. The three contemporary artists featured in the exhibition””Shezad Dawood, the Otolith Group, and Matti Braun””engage an evocative range of mediums that spans virtual reality to an immersive lake along with painting, film, sculpture, and photography. Through rich storytelling, A Lost Future explores themes of virtuality, modernity, and world-making in ways that are universal as well as interconnected and specific to this region.

A Lost Future presents still works by all three artists throughout the run, while the central cove will rotate to highlight each one individually.

A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood (February 23″“May 21, 2018) features an interactive virtual reality experience of the Indian hill station Kalimpong, linking a haunting nostalgic portal to a future alternative reality. Expanding on some of the sites and stories in Dawood’s paintings and sculptures on view, the virtual reality work allows visitors to travel from the mythic Himalayan Hotel into the mountains, an adjacent monastery, and beyond.

A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood/The Otolith Group/Matti Braun is supported by Rasika and Girish Reddy, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support has been provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Akhoury Foundation, and contributors to the 2018 Exhibitions Fund.

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Still from Shezad Dawood, Kalimpong, 2016, Virtual Reality, © Shezad Dawood; courtesy of Timothy Taylor, London/New York