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Constanze Flamme, “The canary in the coal mine – an incomplete Atlas of a momentum”, 2017/18, Inkjet print dimensions variable, text and video “Ikarus” – 14:07 and “With a grain of salt” – 11:47

Exhibition at Triennial der Photographie Hamburg – MUSEUM FUR VOLKERKUNDE

What is the role of artist in these urgent times? At a point when the signs of ecological issues are not imaginary problems but rather caused by unsustainable human actions, such as deforestation, pollution, water scarcity, waste, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and explosive urban population growth. So why is so difficult to understand these paradigms and so hard to act on a global scale? On the one hand, there is a lot of pessimism and resistance towards the fundamental need of political, economic, and social changes of the established mentality that persists in maintaining unsustainable practices; on the other hand, there is much evidence of efforts from pro-environmental actions around the world. However there is still so much to do and learn! And there is no single model, but we certainly need a new, more meaningful understanding of the world to transform the current system of beliefs. That requires a collective compromise depending on hope not fear, a radical rethinking, and a positive attitude towards worldwide change and care for the biosphere. We are all being confronted with the question: what needs to be done to contribute to a more sustainable future development of the environment? Although “learning from each other”, seeking resilience, and taking action have often been said to be an essential key for creating more sustainable paths, it is a process, not an end in itself. Everyday new opportunities are emerging, and we can either engage or deny them. Perhaps we should try not to deal with what was lost, but instead with what can be accomplished by doing something better than yesterday. The ESCAPE exhibition started with two workshops coordinated by Krzysztof Candrowicz, Christian Barbe, and myself that brought together a group of artists to exchange experience and contents, question the artistic practice, and promote the discussion on sustainable cultures and environmental issues. This transdisciplinary group, intersects utopian and dystopian narratives, such as the (dis)functionality of urban environments; real and virtual spaces, the impact and relationship that humanity has with the planet; frustration and panic provoked by ecological hyperawareness; egoism and social altruism related to environmental concerns. This is the beginning of an open ended project that should not be interpreted as a critical evidence but, hope, as an invitation for action.

Jayne Dyer, "A perfect day", 2018, multi plataform installation with video, inkjet print dimensions variable, objects
Duae Collective, “Besos: A noble ecosystem”, 2017/18, Inkjet print 70x100cm, original narrative and collective cartography (black pencil on paper), Video HDV: 07:00min
Lisa Hoffmann, "Some star dust matter", 2018, 2-channel video installation (loop, 12min33) Sound composition: Daniel Schellongowski
Marco Caterini, “Power, the landscape and the sublime”, 2014, Inkjet print 108,25x300cm
Pavel Kovalski, "Commercial break", 2018, Inkjet print 30x20cm, Video: 05:02min. 1080x720p
Cláudio Reis, "There was a house", 2018, inkjet print 150x100cm

Curated by Virgílio Ferreira

Artists featured in the exhibition: Cláudio Reis, Constanze Flamme, Duae Collective (Luna Coppola and Silvia Campidelli), Jayne Dyer, Lisa Hoffmann, Marco Caterini and Pavel Kovalski.