Against the backdrop of climate change and increasingly expansive desertification, The Kalpana collective examines the desert as a site of future visions and science fiction imaginaries. In the Kunstverein Freiburg The Kalpana, consisting of artists Goutam Ghosh (fellow 2019/2020) and Susanne M. Winterling (fellow 2007/2008), and science fictionist Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay constructs the map of a desert planet as a large-scale installation. Scenes that imagine survival strategies on desert planets are no longer purely science fiction; whilst earth turns to dust, some governments and corporations dream of colonizing Mars. The Kalpana’s interdisciplinary research thus begins with a simple question: why does the imagination turn to another desert planet as a site of escape, when we are hurtling towards the desert of our own? The collective encourages us to stretch our imaginations and think in a transformative mode, beyond doomsday scenarios, visualizing futures worth living. The first institutional exhibition of The Kalpana is curated by Heinrich Dietz and Antonia Lotz (fellow 2006/2007).
Where: Kunstverein Freiburg, Dreisamstr. 21, 79098 Freiburg
When: until July 12, 2020, Tuesday–Sunday 12–6 pm, Thursday 12–8 pm
Admission: 1,50 / 2,- €, Thursday Free Admission
More information: www.kunstvereinfreiburg.de