"I DON'T WANT NO RETROSPECTIVE"*
I never liked the idea of a retrospective, especially when you feel that you're just beginning, and still recovering from the Pompidou Centre, the MoMA and the Barbican. The way I dealt with it in those exhibitions was to make the display the biggest thing, making it something "new" that did not exist before, that I hadn't seen. I really don't like the idea of collecting the old stuff, putting it on pedestals with labels naming dates and materials and directing a spotlight on it. It gets interesting when you work on something that doesn't yet exist, something that will be as exciting for me to see as it will be, hopefully, for the viewers. I confess when writing this now, that although the date of the exhibition is fast approaching, there is not a single exhibit yet. Yes, I can close my eyes and imagine the look and content of the exhibition vividly. Best outcome is if what I get at the end is better than I deserve.
* This is the title of a famous painting by Ed Ruscha from 1979, bearing the words in its title.
Sketch of exhibition design for In Reverse, 2012