Glad we made it on time

Sàn Art is honoured to introduce Glad We Made It On Time, a collaborated response from Naz Cuguoglu and Vicky Do to After Hope *, an effort to explore the role of hope in contemporary art and activism.

The event will take place on October 28, 2022, and feature a selection of videos from Palestine to Hong Kong, Indonesia to Iraq, and India, exploring the notion of humour as a survival methodology in contested times.

The response investigates different forms humor can take in a post-apocalyptic world, ranging from mythological symbols and collective fantasies to subtle gestures and absurd plots. Video works explore the relationship between humour and hope as a form of alternative narrative-making that can heal, bind, and serve diverse cultures and politically vulnerable individuals. On a personal level, humour has always been one of the most common coping mechanisms in dealing with the imbalance between the internal desire for control and external unpredictability. The programme draws its name from Phan Anh’s Glad I made it on time, included in the programme, calling attention to the devastating feeling of always being late in a hyper-productive post-capitalist society.

*After Hope: Videos of Resistance, organized by the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco) and curated by Abby Chen and Padma Maitland, with video selections drawn from recommendations by artists, curators, and organizations across the world. For more information on After Hope visit: https://www.afterhope.com/home