Jimmie Durham
Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions
October 24, 2020 – May 9, 2021
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Zurich, Switzerland

The group exhibition inquires into the potential worlds that might emerge from the ruins of humanity’s making: What can we do with the detritus of contemporary life and the traces of destruction?

The consequences of environmental devastation have made it plain that we need to understand humanity to be an integral part of rather than the center of the world. The first chapter of the exhibition series, Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories, turned the spotlight on the ways in which humans took possession of the natural world in pursuit of power and resources and the repercussions for nature as well as communities. Building on these insights, Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions inquires into the potential worlds that might emerge from the ruins of humanity’s making: What can we do with the detritus of contemporary life and the traces of destruction? Given the precarious situation in which the world finds itself, how can we begin to look for new ways of life? Which role can art as a technological, scientific, and social experiment play in this quest?

Artists include Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Julian Charrière, Carl Cheng, Jimmie Durham, Cao Fei, Peter Fend, among others. Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in cooperation with YARAT Contemporary Art Space.

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