In any moment, it’s nearly impossible to locate or isolate shifts, changes in tendencies, whether social, aesthetic, or otherwise—banal critical statement of the year, certainly ... For Robin van den Akker, Timotheus Vermeulen, and gallerist Tanja Wagner, that name is Metamodernism.
"[Metamodernism] ... emerges partly from the variety of crises that we’re in,” says Vermeulen, “[the] geopolitical crisis and the economical crisis are affecting us. People from my generation always thought that we’d have better lives than our parents, and now we are realising that it’s possible that we won’t.” Strangely however, when such generational disappointment could easily lead to an utterly postmodern response of “fuck it, we’ll fail anyhow,” the metamodern sensibility is quite the opposite. Out of loss in art, politics, bottom lines or otherwise, has come a resurgent hopefulness, or, even at times when the outlook isn’t hopeful at all, a willingness to try.' - Alexander Forbes