Despite Extractivism (2022)

Despite Extractivism, Online
Extracting Us exhibition and conversation series
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Despite Extractivism assembles expressions of care, creativity and community in relation to diverse extractive contexts. The exhibition is both an exploration of extractivism, and of the already-existing alternatives. Collectively, the works in this exhibition illuminate and explore ways of questioning, subverting and resisting the violent logics and impacts of extractivism. We ask:

  • How do communities and creatives (struggle to) cultivate care for nature and for each other despite extractivism? 
  • How can sites of extraction be a fertile ground for alternatives?  
  • How do artistic interventions help foster new sensibilities and solidarities with distanced extractive contexts?

Like weeds growing through the cracks in concrete, and in their flourishing slowly forcing the cracks to widen, how do the artworks brought together in Despite Extractivism suggest other ways of being in the world.

Exhibiting artists and researchers include V’cenza Cirefice and participants; Dewi Candraningum; Maria Rosa Pessoa Piedade and Marilene Ribeiro; Choules+Roisner; Arabel Lebrusan; JKPP – Indonesian Participatory Mapping Coalition Network; Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik; Albertus Vembrianto; Karin Edstedt; Chesney; Sandro Simon; and Mai Jebing.

The Extracting Us exhibition and conversation series is co-curated by Siti Maimunah, Elona Hoover, Dian Ekowati, Alice Owen and Rebecca Elmhirst with critical insight and support from independent curator Celina Loh. Online exhibition designed and produced by Celina Loh with the Extracting Us Collective.

This project is made possible by support from ONCA Gallery, the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics at the University of Brighton, the Wellbeing, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity research network funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 764908), and collaboration with the Women in Action on Mining in Asia (WAMA) collaborative network and the ‘Sustainable’ Development and Atmospheres of Violence: Experiences of Environmental Defenders project funded by The British Academy.