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»In desert times« by The Kalpana at Kunstverein Freiburg
Susanne M. Winterling, saltline, eastwind on the desert, 2019, Courtesy The Kalpana
15. June 2020

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
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