kendell geers in 'slow future' at centrum sztuki wspolczesnej, poland

27 June 2014
Kendell Geers is included in the group exhibition 'Slow Future' at Centrum Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Warsaw, Poland. Curated by Jota Castro, the theme of the exhibition is of degrowth; a social movement advocating that we should abandon the current model of compulsory economic growth and search for ways to improve the quality of life within the limits of capacity of natural environment. The promoters of degrowth, also known as degrowthists, question the supreme value of material possessions and propose alternative models of economy - barter, cooperatives, co-ownership, and community exchange. According to them, it is mistaken to think that economic growth is indispensable for development and that it is the most important goal that everyone should pursue. Supporters of the idea of degrowth believe that it is precisely unrestrained consumption that aggravates social inequalities, not to mention irreversible damage to natural environment. Through their lifestyles, they are trying to oppose the universal pursuit of growth (in development and in economics), which according to them, creates far more social harm than objective benefits. In order to cut down consumption, we don't have to make sacrifices or reduce our quality of life. It would be enough to use alternative means and methods at a larger scale, such as: recycling, green transport, converting deserted buildings into flats; and finally - to engage local organizations in decision-making processes relating to changes in public space. In times of economic crisis, such concepts become highly appreciated and inspire artists from all over the world.

The exhibition is a follow-up of the "Emergency Pavilion - Rebuilding Utopia" (2013) show in Teatro Fondamenta Nuove during the last year's Venice Biennale. Its curator, Jota Castro (born in Lima, Peru, 1965) is a French-Peruvian artist-activist. In his work, he often reveals the mechanisms of contemporary consumption and examines social issues in the context of sustainable development, ecology, as well as alternative models of economic exchange.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalog containing texts by such authors as Michał Augustyn, Jota Castro, Claudia Pareja, Pierre Raahbi.

Artists:
David Adamo, Bigert & Bergström, Bianca Bondi, Tania Bruguera, Fernando Bryce, Ella de Búrca, Luis Camnitzer, Jota Castro, Joachim Coucke, James Deutsher, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Kendell Geers, Nuria Güell, Patrick Hamilton, Cinthia Marcelle, Tiago Mata Machado, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ingrid Wildi Merino, Mariele Neudecker, Wilfredo Prieto, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, David Zink Yi

The exhibition runs until 14 September 2014.

Geers in group exhibition at Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej