Kathrin Böhm, Compost, poster and tape re-using material from Böhm’s exhibition andmillionsandmillions at The Showroom in 2001. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
COMPOST. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap
Final event before closure from July 25 and throughout August
Phase One of Compost at The Showroom closes on Saturday 24 July with a reflection on modes of composting between Galerija Nova in Zagreb and The Showroom. We will be closed to the public throughout August, before reopening for a second phase between Wednesday 15 September – Saturday 16 October.
Com- as in Compost
Ana Kuzmanić, We are the compost, installation view, Galerija Nova, May 2021
Saturday 24 July, 4-5pm GMT / 5-6pm CEST
At The Showroom
Book via Eventbrite to join the zoom room: HERE
‘...So when I say ‘compost’, it’s more than a joke, though it is also a joke. It’s a refusal to be quite so serious about categories, and to let categories sit a bit lightly with the complexities of the world.’ – Donna Haraway, in an interview with Sarah Franklin, Sage Journal, 2017
Join us for this collaborative online event, Com- as in Compost, a public conversation and knowledge-sharing session to reflect on relative modes of composting and, in the words of Donna Harraway, ‘letting categories sit lightly’ between interdependent artistic, curatorial and institutional perspectives, held in the context of Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap.
The talk recognises a growing number of cultural practitioners referring to ‘composting’ as a possible and necessary process, and emphasises a ubiquitous and trans-local commitment to resisting a return to business as usual.
Throughout April-May 2021 curators Ana Kovačić and Lea Vene convened a collaborative programme of performances, screenings and workshops at Galerija Nova, Zagreb titled We are the compost. Invited artist Ana Kuzmanić took as a starting point the meaning of the word ‘compost’: the prefix ‘com-’ means ‘with’, while the prefix ‘post-’ has a dual connotation of ‘what is coming to an end’ and ‘what is yet to come’. Ana, Lea and Ana will talk through the praxis informing their exhibition-making as-process; reflecting on new work and conversations that unfolded in Zagreb in May.
Galerija Nova is a non-profit gallery founded in 1975 by artists Ljerka Šibenik and Mladen Galić. Since 2003 it has been programmed by curatorial collective What, How and for Whom/WHW, with an emphasis on researching, documenting, and producing knowledge of modern and contemporary visual art practice and its expanded field.
Reciprocally Kathrin Böhm, Elvira Dyangani Ose and Lily Hall will consider intersecting instances from the past six weeks of composting at The Showroom, where turning the heap has been used as a method for hybrid, serendipitous, invited and chance one to one encounters that have been unfolding around Compost daily, both in the space and online.
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