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Unexpected lessons #2: Decolonizing Nature | Goethe Institute, Reykjavic

Screening of Theatrum Botanicum Trilogy by Uriel Orlow, including the films Imbizo Ka Mafavuke (2017, 28min), Muthi (2016-2017, 17min) and The crown against Mafavuke (2016, 18min), as part of a film programme that expands on the topics of the journey of seeds between the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and Lebanon, patent battles over traditional plant medicine in South Africa and the traces of colonial ambitions of explorers in the Natural History Museum Berlin. In the context of the three-day performative conference UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2, part of the festival Goethe Morph* Iceland at Nordic House in Reykjavik, September 13th – 15th, 2022.
Just like its predecessor event in Berlin and Nairobi, UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 is dedicated to the theme of decolonization. This time we put a focus on nature, from different perspectives. What makes nature the other? What role does the decoupling of nature and culture play in this? Is the culture/nature dichotomy tenable at all? And how can we decolonize our view of the world and think nature differently?


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Ré-imaginer le passé | Kindl, Berlin

This group exhibition developed in Dakar offers a fresh perspective on the past and creates spaces for alternative forms of knowledge and knowledge transfer. In their installations, photographs and objects, participating artists explore how a decolonial perspective can shape our vision of the future.
Ré-imaginer le passé was first showcased at Musée Theodore Monod in Dakar in 2023. It is part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB – a series of exhibitions, artist residencies and events held in Senegal, Kenya, Germany and other countries since 2020.

Curated by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe, Ibou C. Diop and Malick Ndiaye.

With works by Elsa M’Bala, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Caroline Gueye, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Ibrahima Thiam, Viyé Diba, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, baobab création, C& Center of Unfinished Business

Ré-imaginer le passé | Kindl, Berlin

This group exhibition developed in Dakar offers a fresh perspective on the past and creates spaces for alternative forms of knowledge and knowledge transfer. In their installations, photographs and objects, participating artists explore how a decolonial perspective can shape our vision of the future.
Ré-imaginer le passé was first showcased at Musée Theodore Monod in Dakar in 2023. It is part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB – a series of exhibitions, artist residencies and events held in Senegal, Kenya, Germany and other countries since 2020.

With works by Elsa M’Bala, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Caroline Gueye, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Ibrahima Thiam, Viyé Diba, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, baobab création, C& Center of Unfinished Business


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1000écologies | Utopiana, Geneva

1000écologies is a platform that makes visible the links created by Utopiana through its workshops, residencies and events. It has three components: proposing, exhibiting and displaying. It’s like scaffolding, built up over time and from project to project, creating bridges between different approaches and disciplines.

This new edition of 1000écologies, entitled Ces jours terrestres, is a month-long journey organised by Utopiana, in collaboration with several partners, which gives its audience the opportunity to develop skills to re-inhabit our living spaces, to think about our relationships, our affects and our imaginations.

With woks by Marianne Villière, Ocean Schanz, Angeles Rodriguez, Raqs Media Collective, Rachel Maisonneuve, Christine Mackey, Jérôme Leuba & Marie Velardi, Collectif Hydromondes, Axelle Gregoire, Toma Gouband and many others.


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A Propos Hodler | Kunsthaus Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zürich examines the contemporary relevance of Switzerland’s ‘national artist’, Ferdinand Hodler. ‘Apropos Hodler’ counters one-sided interpretations with the rich diversity of the painter’s formal, cultural and political impact, and sets out to view the old and familiar with new eyes. Works by more than 30 contemporary artists are juxtaposed with some 50 paintings by the Swiss icon.

With works by Asim Abdulaziz, Laura Aguilar, Caroline Bachmann, Sabian Baumann, Denise Bertschi, Ishita Chakraborty, Andriu Deplazes, Latifa Echakhch, Eva Egermann & Cordula Thym, Marianne Flotron and many others.


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Eight Degrees | Bildmuseet, Umeå

This exhibition brings together contemporary art exploring our complex relationships with the forest, ranging from ideas of an inviolable intrinsic value to the conception of something to be utilised, such as an economic asset or a space for recreation. What is a forest? And what pressing questions about it are relevant here and now?

Through photography, film, sculpture, drawing, textiles, sound and installations, artists, an architect and a storyteller invite us to reflect on the forest, observed and depicted from various perspectives and with diverse experiences. Their works provoke questions about tradition and future, forestry practices, land conflicts, biological diversity and the forest as a sacred space.

With works by Matti Aikio, Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén, Gerd Aurell & Micael Norberg, Toms Kokins, Norrakollektivet (Anja Örn, Fanny Carinasdotter, Tomas Örn), Elia Nurvista, Edith Marie Pasquier, Jörgen Stenberg and Lena Ylipää.

Critical Zones | Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan New 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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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.


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The One Straw Revolution | Framer Framed, Amsterdam

From 11 February to 19 May 2024, Framer Framed is proud to present the exhibition The One-Straw Revolution, curated by iLiana Fokianaki. The first realisation of Fokianaki’s research into permaculture as a model for exhibition-making, The One-Straw Revolution takes the form of an alternative ecology, exploring sustainable futures through artistic practices that call for de-growth.

With works by Edgar Calel, Kyriaki Goni, Irene Kopelman, Eliana Otta, Bik Van der Pol, Citra Sasmita, Denise Ferreira da Silva with Arjuna Neuman, Nora Severios and Himali Singh Soin.


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Re-Imagining the Past | Musée Théodore Monod, Dakar

Reimagining the Past departs from the imaginary as a means of rethinking current realities. The project proposes a future from a precolonial perspective to open our eyes to a polyperspective narratives and conceptual approaches. Artists and researchers from the African continent, the diaspora and Europe, will collaborate and theorise together in “LABoratoires”, exploring the poetic power of artistic practice and imagination.

“Ré-imaginer le passé” is both a laboratory and exhibition project. The German-Senegalese curatorial team, comprised of El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe and Ibou C. Diop, will host labs in Dakar and in digital space. The results will culminate in exhibitions at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar and the KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

With works by Nikita Dhawan, Viyé Diba, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Elsa M’Bala, Ibrahima Thiam, Caroline Gueye, Alibeta, Fatou Kandé Senghor and María do Mar Castro Varela.


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