Futuros abundantes / Abundant Futures
Turner, 2023

Futuros abundantes / Abundant Futures exhibition catalogue, co-published by TBA21 and Turner, 2023. Photo by Enrico Fiorese.

Begin by picturing a world of abundance. It would likely be lush, rich, and ancestral. A topology of connections, webs, and links, a system of relations. Abundance roots our being in the world in fullness, productivity, and plurality, not only for humans but for other life-forms and life-generating entities as well. We recognize how human life is intrinsically enmeshed with that of nonhumans, how our ability to form communities depends on all those who participate in our becoming. The sensibility that emerges from abundance desires all forms of enchantment and cultivates an ethic of joy committed to the art of living together, a ground for making things anew, a space where difference and inventiveness propel new beings and things into the world.

This publication engages with the proposition formulated through the exhibition Abundant Futures that presents a daring attempt to imagine worldmaking and ecological futures from the condition of abundance and fullness. It places a wealth of artistic visions and propositions from TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s collection into conversation, gesturing at the multiplicity of worlds humans and nonhumans cohabit, a world of many worlds. Focusing on abundance is a matter of ontology, ethics, and ecological thought. Art, culture, and education join together to advance and reformulate ecological and visionary practices, which shape our experiences of the world. They occupy spaces for the rehearsal of social, ecological, and artistic/poetic scenarios that can alter human interaction with the planet and allow new forms of conviviality to emerge. Rehabilitating the abundance of possibilities after an age of austerity will have to be cultivated and socially enacted. 

Centering around the thought-provoking narratives encapsulated in the exhibition, the fully illustrated publication brings together a multitude of voices and artistic practices, interventions, poetry, newly commissioned texts, and a rich selection of exhibition and performance photography. The book follows the artworks on view at C3A and is structured by series of drawings by Regina de Miguel and collages by Abraham Cruzvillegas, which were produced in the context of the exhibition. It proposes an evocative discussion of the themes of abundance, scarcity, the conflict between ecology and nature, and authenticity and identity, as well as the vulnerability of the ecological matrix.
Book orders
Book launch
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 5 pm
ArtsLibris ARCOmadrid, Madrid
Curator and editor Daniela Zyman in conversation with artists Laia Estruch, Regina de Miguel, and Asunción Molinos Gordo
Turner, 2023
Hardcover, 16,5 x 24 cm
Spanish / English, 336 pages
Edited by Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger
Book design by Matteo Guarnaccia
ISBN 978-84-18895-65-4
EUR 25
Texts by
Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and Juanita Sundberg; Beatrice Forchini; Mario García Torres; Macarena Gómez-Barris; Berta Gutiérrez Casaos; Soledad Gutiérrez Rodríguez; Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna); Regina de Miguel; Plata; Matthew Ritchie; Jess Saxby; Daniela Zyman. Poems by Ibn Zaydun.
Ai Weiwei; Allora & Calzadilla; Dana Awartani; Madison Bycroft, Léo Landon Barret and Nana (Anaïs) Pinay; Seba Calfuqueo; Claudia Comte; Abraham Cruzvillegas; Elena Damiani; Patricia Domínguez; Niño de Elche; Olafur Eliasson; Haris Epaminonda; Laia Estruch; Mario García Torres; Isa Genzken; Helen Mayer Harrison y Newton Harrison; Mathilde ter Heijne; Camille Henrot; Ann Veronica Janssens; Miler Lagos; Sarah Lucas; Matthew Lutz-Kinoy; Ana Mendieta; Regina de Miguel; Beatriz Milhazes; Asunción Molinos Gordo; Paulo Nazareth; Ernesto Neto; Rivane Neuenschwander; Olaf Nicolai; Plata with Semillas Silvestres and Víctor Barrios; Diana Policarpo; Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa; Pipilotti Rist; Matthew Ritchie; Belén Rodríguez; Thomas Ruff; Bernardo Salcedo; Tomás Saraceno; Teresa Solar; Simon Starling; Daniel Steegmann Mangrané; Thomas Struth; Rirkrit Tiravanija; Janaina Tschäpe; Susanne M. Winterling; Cerith Wyn Evans; Xie Lei; Yeo Siew Hua; Heimo Zobernig