María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Classic Creole, 2003. Polaroid Polacolor Pro prints, nine parts, each 24 × 20 inches each (60.7 × 50.8 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Jodi and Hal Hess. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. © María Magdalena Campos-Pons
With every call for social change arrives the possibility to make the world anew. The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection explores how artists have visualized beyond present reality to imagine, dream, and realize the world-otherwise. Drawn from the ICA’s permanent collection and Boston-area collections, these works consider world-making in relation to broader themes such as climate and the natural environment, historical narratives and speculative fictions, the supernatural and the planetary. Expansive in subject and medium, the exhibition includes works by artists such as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Jeffrey Gibson, Lorraine O’Grady, Matthew Ritchie, and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), among others.
Together, the works in this exhibition celebrate the emancipatory potential of artistic imagination and invite other ways to see, create, and belong in the worlds we make.