press release

You are kindly invited to attend the opening of the exhibition with performance on Tuesday, June 24th at 8 p.m. at Galerija Škuc.

The Natural Relations exhibition is thematically linked to the »animals, nature, culture« proposition of the 14th international City of Women festival of contemporary arts to take place in October.

Natural Relations question the (non)sense of activity and the relations that give rise to the social and natural environment. The exhibition deals with man's position in nature using a radical environmentalist discourse that goes against the grain of social axioms of labour and hyper-production. Relations as the central element of the works exhibited reveals various appropriations of nature and man's dual position of a demiurgic creator (technological development) and subsequent (self)enslaver on the one hand, and the executor of apocalypse on the other. While social relations are regulated and determined by laws and contracts, nature is still conceived as a given, except in rare particular cases. Natural Relations don't discuss this important but exhausted topic but rather develop the idea that technology, politics, urban planning and architecture have in the context of geography and geopolitics become a new nature. Are the spirals of turbo-production on the one or a final withdrawal on the other side really the only possible exits? And can we achieve a paradigm shift from the depersonalised, bodiless subject who has seemingly separated themselves from nature and placed themselves and their tools in a predatory, parasitical, dependent and raw symbiotic position? Perhaps this is a beginning that will eventually lead to an end.

The exhibition will feature artists of various generations from Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Guatemala, Lebanon, Finland, Colombia, Estonia and the US: Artists Katinka Bock, Jasmina Cibic, Ines Doujak, Regina José Galindo, Kinda Hassan, Lamia Joreige, Tea Mäkipää, Ulrike Mohr, Claire Pentecost, Adriana Salazar, Helene Sommer, Nika Špan, Mare Tralla, Lala Rašič and Vuneny.

The exhibition is a collaborative project and the result of rhizomatic relations between the featured artists, Škuc Gallery and the City of Women.

In collaboration with the Domestic Research Society

The programme of Škuc Gallery is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture.

Natural Relations (Naravni odnosi)
City of Women 2008 / animals-nature-culture

Künstler: Katinka Bock, Jasmina Cibic, Ines Doujak, Regina Jose Galindo, Kinda Hassan, Lamia Joreige, Tea Mäkipää, Ulrike Mohr, Claire Pentecost, Adriana Salazar, Helene Sommer, Nika Span, Mare Tralla, Lala Rasic, Vuneny