Natural Relations

natural_relations Natural Relations, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 2008

with Katinka Bock, Jasmina Cibic, Ines Doujak, Regina José Galindo, Kinda Hassan, Lamia Joreige, Tea Mäkipää, Ulrike Mohr, Claire Pentecost, Adriana Salazar, Helene Sommer, Nika Špan, Mare Tralla, Lala Rašič and Vuneny

Curated by Katja Kobolt and Dunja Kukovec

Natural Relations questioned the (non)sense of activity and the relations that give rise to the social and natural environment. The exhibition dealt with (hu)man’s position in nature using a radical environmentalist discourse that goes against the grain of social axioms of labour and hyper-production. Relations as the central element of the works exhibited revealed various appropriations of nature and (hu)man’s dual position of a demiurgic creator (technological development) and subsequent (self)enslaver on the one hand, and the executor of apocalypse on the other.

Confésion (2007), video by Regina José Galindo
Confésion (2007), video by Regina José Galindo

While social relations are regulated and determined by laws and contracts, nature is still conceived as a given, except in rare particular cases. Natural Relations did not discuss this important but exhausted topic but rather developed the idea that technology, politics, urban planning and architecture have in the context of geography and geopolitics become a new nature. Are the spirals of turbo-production on the one or a final withdrawal on the other side really the only possible exits? And can we achieve a paradigm shift from the depersonalised, bodiless subject who has seemingly separated themselves from nature and placed themselves and their tools in a predatory, parasitical, dependent and raw symbiotic position? Perhaps this is a beginning that will eventually lead to an end.

Produced by City of Women

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