Tim Etchells at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, DE

September 12, 2021
Tim Etchells at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, DE

"Tim Etchells’ work 'Let It Come, Let It Come' quotes two lines from the English translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s influential 1873 poem 'Une Saison en Enfer' (English: 'A Season in Hell'): "Let it come, Let it come". The time we can love. Installing the work on the exterior of Kestner Gesellschaft, Etchells positions its intimate invocation as a bold public imperative or demand, calling for a future world that can be loved as well as of a future, long dreamed of, in which love may finally be possible. As is often the case with Etchells’ work Let It Come, Let It Come sets up a dialogue between the content of the text and its context – bringing Rimbaud’s historical and deep personal yearning into an evocative dialogue with the present global situation of pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, political drifts to the right and the ongoing repression of the rights of LGBTQ+ people."

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