The Future Histories Project is a generative art making process which uses collecting as a methodology for creating moments of questioning while exploring the nature of objects and their ability to embody history. The project involves visiting second-hand bookstores and searching for books where something was forgotten inside by the donor. To date I have unearthed 438 makeshift bookmarks discarded inside 362 books. The items I discover vary from photos, thank you notes and bank statements to honeymoon postcards, recipes, boarding passes and pressed flowers.
Relying on a combination of chance and structure, The Future Histories Project acts as an idea generating mechanism. Rather than viewing the value and meaning of each book and item as fixed, their discovery is an opportunity for me to explore different themes and concepts. I wish to examine how far I can push my responses to the original found objects while still maintaining a connection to them. The various works produced while undertaking The Future Histories Project are not tied to a single medium. They include textiles, video, text, photography, painting or sculpture depending on the particular book or item I am responding to.
Leonie Leivenzon (she/her)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain images, works and practices of deceased persons. No offence is intended, and I pay my sincere respects to those people who have passed.
Acknowledgement of Country
I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the place I call home from whom sovereignty has never been ceded. In particular I recognise Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country on which I work and live. I recognise their long standing and continuing connection to Country, waters and community and pay my respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging. I acknowledge that I have lived my much of my life in ignorance of the rich culture and diversity of the peoples of the First Nations. While I continue to be ignorant of much of the great knowledge, understanding and spirituality of Indigenous peoples, I hope, with respect, to continue to learn and I give thanks for their willingness to help me learn. I wish also to acknowledge the great trauma and pain suffered by Indigenous peoples through the invasion of their lands and that my family and I have benefited as a result of this brutality. I humbly offer my personal apology and I hope that together and with mutual respect we can acknowledge and address the trauma brought on by colonisation and build a better future.