Pic.: RESANITA, from the series “Barbara“, 2017.


Opening of the exhibition:
on Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 6 pm
at the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts

Photos from the opening

Audioguide / Interview

About the exhibition catalogue

Participating artists:
Marlene Hausegger, HeHe, Markus Jeschaunig, Zdena Kolečková, Folke Köbberling, Richard Loskot & Mjölk, Polonca Lovšin,
Cecylia Malik & Polish Mothers on Tree Stumps, RESANITA,
Oliver Ressler, Michaela Thelenová, Martin Zet

Introductory speech:
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer,
Anna Gümplová (Limits are us)

Location: Ústí nad Labem House of Arts
Klíšská 1101/129a, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

Duration: 26.10.–8.12.2017

Opening Hours: TU–SA 10am–6pm

Admission free!

“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 and 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