Our Earth is their Moon, our Moon is their Earth

Sound Installation / Nature and State, Group Show 

Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2022

Curators: Çağla Ilk, Misal Adnan Yıldız
Artists: Michael Akstaller, Olga Chernysheva, Ipek Duben, Alia Farid, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Will Fredo, Vibha Galhotra, Malina Heinemann, Joseph Kadow, Stelios Kallinikou, Kavachi, Grada Kilomba, Nicole L’Huillier, Robert Lippok, Nicholas Mangan, Mateja Meded, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Hani Mojtahedy, Ersan Mondtag, Arjuna Neuman, Manuel Rossner, Christoph Schäfer, Muhannad Shono, Sorawit Songsataya

 

From climate change to drought, isolation politics to recession, armed conflicts to authoritarian regimes, many of our existential questions, planetary problems and global crises can be formulated only in reference to these two terms; nature and state.

The investigation of continuity and disobedience, possible forms of transformation of the state and the genealogical relationships between future and past are at the center of this project. The exhibition’s curatorial method is one of theater, using the script as a source of storytelling: The Dawn of Everything, A New History of Humanity (2021), by David Graeber and David Wengrow, shifts the focus of our story to questioning the main idea of the state as a denial of the state of nature. Considering how prehistoric communities shaped their decision-making processes, Nature and State pursues the idea of our ancestors might have lived together better than us, and imagines different futures following early feminist science fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin.

This way, the new chapter peacefully departs from a quote by Ursula K. Le Guin: “(…) we have no states, no nations, no presidents, no premiers, no chiefs, no generals, no bosses, no bankers, no landlords, no wages, no charity, no police, no soldiers, no wars.” (The Dispossessed, 1974).

Nature and State is not meant to be a group show in its literal sense: it is an open process that investigates temporary structures, spaces and narratives through artistic perspectives that critically question how we are ruled, controlled and governed, as well as how we can share a common imagination of togetherness. Rather than a static form of exhibition-making, the new team of Kunsthalle Baden-Baden proposes a composition with fluid, versatile and shifting methods. It invites the public to join this process over the course of the upcoming months, in which the Kunsthalle will turn into an ongoing transformation of spaces and selves.