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Critical Zones | Science Gallery, Bengaluru

The Exhibition Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground will be on display at the Science Gallery Bengaluru from February 16 to March 17, 2024.

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness. The exhibition project Critical Zones invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

The travelling exhibition was conceived and first exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020-2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

With works by Ravi Agarwal, Alexandra Arènes, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Berghaus, Cemelesai Dakivali, Rohini Devasher, Martin Dornberg, Daniel Fetzner, Forensic Architecture, Soheil Hajmirbaba, Pauline Julier, Armin Linke, James Lovelock, Sonia Lévy, Lynn Margulis, Anuradha Mathur, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Edith Morales, Rasa Smite, Stephane Verlet-Bottéro and Dilip da Cunha.

Critical Zones | Goethe-Institut, Delhi

The Exhibition Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground will be on display at the  Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi from Saturday, 3 February until Sunday, 3 March 2024.

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness. The exhibition project Critical Zones invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

The travelling exhibition was conceived and first exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020-2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

With works by Ravi Agarwal, Alexandra Arènes, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Berghaus, Cemelesai Dakivali, Rohini Devasher, Martin Dornberg, Daniel Fetzner, Forensic Architecture, Soheil Hajmirbaba, Pauline Julier, Armin Linke, James Lovelock, Sonia Lévy, Lynn Margulis, Anuradha Mathur, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Edith Morales, Rasa Smite, Stephane Verlet-Bottéro and Dilip da Cunha.


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Back to the Roots | WE ARE AIA, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich

Group show with works by Ravi Agarwal, Ambra Castagnetti, Wilson Diaz, Monica Ursina Jäger, Karrabing Film Collective, Hunter Longe, Maurice Maggi, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, NGGAMDU.ORG in collaboration with Tomás Saraceno. Organized by AIA (Awareness in Art) in Löwenbräukunst, Zurich, and curated by Martina Huber-Marthaler and Gianni Jetzer.

In the Anthropocene, processes of exploitation shape humanity’s relationship with nature. In the face of ecological crises, voices have emerged that question its legitimation. The exhibition Back to the Roots presents artistic positions that offer alternative views of ecological thinking, expanding the consciousness of earthly coexistence, thus overcoming the colonial past.

In his seminal book Decolonizing Nature, the American art historian T. J. Demos calls for new ecological art that takes local, sociopolitical, and economic aspects into account. Ecological knowledge passed on from one generation to the next has become a new point of reference in today’s debate. It points to local peoples’ know-how over long periods through direct contact with the environment. This knowledge is site-specific and often includes relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes, and the rhythms of everyday life.


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Yinchuan Biennale | MOCA Yinchuan

The second Yinchuan Biennale “Departing from the Desert – Ecology on the Border” is conceived with the aim of measuring itself against a specific geo-historic context, and proposed as a form of minor language within the biennale system, Starting from the Desert seeks to respond to contemporary urgencies (not only in China) by adopting an “archaeological method.”

The Biennale’s framework is articulated over four, interdependent (and often overlapping) thematic areas that, without seeking to limit or circumscribe, attempts to visualize their material and immaterial aspects: Nomadic Space and Rural Space, Labor-in-Nature and Nature-in-Labor, The Voice and The Book, Minorities and Multiplicity .

Curated by Marco Scotini, with Andris Brinkmanis, Paolo Caffoni, Zasha Colah, and Lu Xinghua. With works by over 80 artists including Can Altay, Said Atabekov, Erick Beltrán, Alighiero Boetti, Filipa César, Emory Douglas, Duan Zengqu, Miriam Ghani, Raphaël Grisey, Silima Hashimi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Hiwa K, Li Fenglen, Liu Ding, Adrien Missika, Pedro Neves Marques, Uriel Orlow, Kyong Park, Marjetica Potrč, Song Dong, Zheng Bo and others.


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