EKO 8, International Triennial of Art and Environment / A Letter to the Future
Premises of the former MTT textile factory, Maribor Melje
21 May − 18 July 2021
Artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Lucien Anderson, Manca Bajec, Maxime Berthou & Mark Požlep, James Bridle & Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Kara Chin, Jasmina Cibic, Marcus Coates, William Cobbing, Vadim Fiškin, Laura Harrington, Mikhail Karikis, Janja Kosi, Harley Kuyck-Cohen, Polonca Lovšin, Andri Snær Magnason, Antonis Pittas, Marjetica Potrč, Mako Sajko, Nina Slejko Blom & Conny Blom, ScanLAB Projects, Ian Soroka, Danae Stratou, Emilija Škarnulytė, Marko Tadić, Chris Watson, Jimmy Turrell and others
Artistic Director: Alessandro Vincentelli
In 2021, after a 15-year hiatus, the Maribor Art Gallery will relaunch the EKO – International Triennial of Art and Environment, in its eighth edition (21 May – 18 July 2021). Dedicated to contemporary visual arts and the environment, this year’s edition will explore the intersections between the current socio-economic challenges, environmental policies, and post-colonial globalization. In line with the growing awareness that the state of our environment depends on a range of interconnected systems, including environmental policies, technological development, social practices, the economy, etc., the Triennial relates natural and social ecosystems and blurs the boundaries between the contradicting notions: nature/vs./culture, individual/vs./common, national/vs./international, global/vs./local.
In the face of the uncertainties created by the global pandemic, and in light of the new and enhanced need to recognize signs and lessons from history, EKO 8 will be designed as a barometer of change. It will feature ecologically conscious films from the 1960s as well as new works of art, spatial installations and sound installations that raise awareness of species extinction, the fragility of the human ecosystem, and the need for coexistence.
An important part of EKO is represented by the exhibition A Letter to the Future, curated by EKO’s Artistic Director Alessandro Vincentelli, an independent curator based in the UK known as a polemical and engaged researcher of the contemporary art world. A letter to the future will present on the premises of a former textile factory collected visions and proposals of more than 30 promising young authors and established visual artists, both international and Slovenian artists that are dedicated to the central theme of the Triennial.
Curator Alessandro Vincentelli:
The exhibition A Letter to the Future as a part of EKO 8 as a whole, is a plea to think outside the present. To bring together works that span generations and share knowledge. The plaque to the loss of a glacier created by Andri Snær Magnason serves to throw us forward into the future and remind us of our shared past. Can an assembly of artist voices, visions and artworks, in a place that once produced textiles using the local labor of thousands of people, also share these profound ecological questions? These are observations that arise from an extended community committed to a better understanding for what brings us together and what unites us.
UK based Kara Chin is one of the artists who will present newly commissioned artworks which address the relationship between the environment and well-being in different ways, in the frame of A letter to the future exhibition. Chin’s three screen installation Closer Than We Think!, selected through the Art & Well-being open call, implies the double edged sword of technological development, that can go in the direction of utopian idealism or a sinister warning and was featured last year in the Prelaunch Days EKO 8 event, that took place in 16–26 September 2020.
More information here.
Part of EKO 8 Programme is supported through Art & Well-being project, co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.