“Leave fossil fuels in the ground
and learn to live without them“ is a simple principle that can guide
us out of the current maze where we keep making the climate crisis worse
In the canon of voices which critically deal with the developments in
energy policy and the closely related capitalist-oriented economy the
voices of numerous artists can also be heard. They deal directly or indirectly
with the “management” of planet Earth, climate change and
its social and political consequences. Some of these will present current
works in the exhibition “Leave it in the ground”. One third
of the contributions come from artists living and working in the Czech
Republic, one third from Austria and one third from various European countries.
There are works dealing with the immediate surroundings, the Ústí
nad Labem region, ecological issues, traffic, air pollution and the influence
on flora and fauna. Some works of art open up critical perspectives on
the contemporary history of the region, on the drastic political changes
of the 20th century, on the accompanying economic policy decisions and
their impact on the local population. Yet other contributions look ahead
to the future, bring up a radically different attitude towards the environment
and sustainability and push the following question to the fore: Where
else will irresponsible action lead us?
Not least from the contributions that emanate from phenomena in other
parts of the world, or link Ústí nad Labem to other places,
it becomes clear once again that this is not a local, limitable problem
area but one with a global dimension.
The artists resort to different strategies and artistic techniques in
their approach to the subject area. The spectrum ranges from analytical
approaches to activist practices to visionary future plans. The field
of presentation techniques includes photography, video, collage, object,
interactive installation and performance.
For more information about the exhibition
and the side events visit: www.duul.cz/en