How can we unlearn the violent and destructive paradigms of colonial, racial, patriarchal capitalism, and imagine a world in which different knowledge systems are equally valuable and cooperate to defend life in all its forms?
These are central questions addressed by the exhibition and learning space Grounding ~ Seeding, the first project in the series of tranzit.sk’s new program. At large, the program explores four major issues and their interconnection: the current social, political and environmental crises; modernity and decoloniality; embodied, collaborative practices of knowledge production; and the politics of everyday life.
Sharing ancestral knowledge, land-based practices, feminist initiatives, and reflections around commoning, evoking a sense of interrelatedness, reciprocity, response-ability, care for our shared future and that of the next generations – the artists featured in the exhibition are driven from within decolonial perspectives and/or Indigenous experiences, building on the legacy of social and emancipatory movements. Suggesting a necessary systemic and structural change, in multiple ways and from their situated positions, the artists denounce and poetically reverse the effects of the ongoing processes of erasure, abuse and destruction. Instead, they encourage a critique and reorientation of our sensibilities towards gestures of repair, the politics of care and examples of self-sufficient micro-economies.
Through their works and poetics, the artists call for an end to extraction and the commodification of life. They envision a new, different relationship to the natural world and to society by conveying the potency of dreams, ceremonies, and old and new rituals. They transmit their spiritual and political experience for a world in which many worlds can fit.
Thus, Grounding ~ Seeding is a way to commit, through exhibition making, to laying the foundations for a long-term trajectory of epistemological reconstruction, and seeding decolonial ideas and gestures toward a different future, one that looks at several generations before and after ours.
The exhibition project is part of tranzit.sk’s new program, A World of Many Worlds.
Artists: Marwa Arsanios, Chto Delat, Kitti Gosztola & Bence György Pálinkás, Francisco Huichaqueo, Saodat Ismailova, Amanda Pina, Emília Rigová
Curated by: Judit Angel, Alessandra Pomarico, Borbála Soós, Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu
Exhibition architecture: Woven
Graphic Design: Sándor Bartha
Opening: 29 April 2022, 6 – 9 p.m.
Duration of the exhibition: 29.04. – 15.07.2022
Venue: tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
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Cover picture: Francisco Huichaqueo, ILWEN / The Earth Smells of Father, 2013, video, 34 min 35 s.