IGOR ZABEL AWARD 2022 & International Conference





17 November 2022 International Conference (Cankarjev dom)
18 November 2022 Award Ceremony (Cukrarna Gallery)

Save the date for the 2022 Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory and its accompanying international conference, which will take place on 17 and 18 November 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at Cankarjev dom and Cukrarna Gallery, as well as online.

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges exceptional achievements of curators, art historians, theorists, writers, and critics in the field of visual art and culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Three grants, as well as one award, will be conferred by the jury.

So Close: Ecologies of Life and Death

International conference, held as part of the programme for the Igor Zabel Award 2022
Thursday, 17 November 2022, CD Club, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

One day prior to the main event, we invite you to attend the international conference titled So Close: Ecologies of Life and Death, which will feature the following speakers: Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Thom Van Dooren, Šejla Kamerić, Marietta Rodomska, Boštjan Videmšek, and Mick Wilson.

Questions about the future of life on this planet – questions stemming from the devastating consequences of capitalist extractivism and colonialism and the exacerbating environmental, climate and social crises – have become thoroughly embedded in the field of art, as in many other areas. What might our conference add to such considerations?

So Close: Ecologies of Life and Death approaches the future of life from the perspective of life’s end by drawing attention to reconsiderations of loss, decline, and death. In this way, it seeks to transcend the binary of, on the one hand, dystopian pessimism about the future and, on the other, utopian optimism in the all-powerful human capacity to overcome the end. By examining the issues of death and decline, the conference opens an interstitial space for reflection on the present and possible futures of life on our damaged planet.

The conference considers the meeting point of art, ecology, and forms of social organization that do not deepen the multiple crises threatening life on earth. We will draw attention both to possibilities for (co-)existence through regenerative forms of micro- and macro-organization and to decline and death as integral parts of life that must be reconsidered.

Conference Advisory Committee:
Urška Jurman, programme manager, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
Zdenka Badovinac, director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Rok Kranjc, researcher, Futurescraft & Institute for Ecology, Ljubljana
Alenka Gregorič, artistic director, Cukrarna Gallery, Ljubljana