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September 19, 2022

Climate: Our Right to Breathe

L'Internationale Online

Otobong Nkanga, Whose Crisis is This?, 2013. Acrylic on paper, two parts, 29.7 × 42 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale. Design: Christophe Clarijs in collaboration with K. Verlag. 

Françoise Vergès, Breathing: A Revolutionary Act© K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Jaime Vindel, There Will Be No "Third Earth": Colonial Modernity, Fossil Culture and Cosmic Imaginaries. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Daniela Ortiz, Muqui. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

May-Britt Öhman, Settler Colonialism in Ungreen, Climate-Unfriendly Disguise, and As a Tool for Genocide. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Munem Wasif, Seeds Shall Set Us Free II. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Eduardo Carrera R, Against Nature: Cuy(r) Ecologies and Biodiverse Affectivities. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Sebastian Cichocki & Jagna Lewandowska, The Penumbral Age: Art in the Time of Planetary Change. © K. Verlag & L’Internationale.

Climate: Our Right to Breathe is a book in response to vast, mutually exacerbating planetary conditions: the accelerated collapse of the biosphere under climate change and the increasingly crushing dynamics of toxic politics. But, the reactionary, divisionary politics driven by ruthless forms of authoritarianism, denialism, nationalism, and other globalized forms of oppression and dispossession are also a call to action.

In L’Internationale’s most recent published anthology, more than twenty-five voices from the arts and culture form an internationalist chorus that emphatically responds to a collective need to develop common strategies for solidarity when many limits of the Earth system have already been surpassed. Because racialized capitalism cannot be separated from ecological disaster, vulnerable and often marginalized communities are forced to endure the worst effects of the climate crises. It is imperative to work in solidarity against the uneven violence of these times. Mobilized by diverse practices and backgrounds, the contributions in this book offer both speculative perspectives on and pragmatic relays from the intersectional fight for climate justice and multispecies survivance.

Contributors: Maria Thereza Alves, Marwa Arsanios, Eduardo Carrera R, Sebastian Cichocki, Fernando García-Dory, Léuli Eshrāghi, Ayesha Hameed, Mônica Hoff, bell hooks, Jagna Lewandowska, Nomusa Makhubu, Svitlana Matviyenko, Samaneh Moafi, Marina Naprushkina, May-Britt Öhman, Samanta Arango Orozco, Daniela Ortiz, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Peta Rake, Maristella Svampa, Françoise Vergés, Cecilia Vicuña, Jaime Vindel, and Munem Wasif.

Edited by: Hiuwai Chu, Meagan Down, Nkule Mabaso, Pablo Martínez, and Corina Oprea.

Published by L’Internationale Online and K. Verlag, Berlin, within the framework of the four-year program “Our Many Europes” (2018–22), co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The book is available in K. Verlag’s online shop and will be distributed to international booksellers by IDEA Books, Amsterdam. It will also be available at all museum members of L’Internationale: MG+MSUM (Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain); M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium); MSN (Warsaw, Poland), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkiye), and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).

Climate: Our Right to Breathe will be launched at Gothenburg City Library as part of the Ecologies of Art Publishing October 12–14, 2022. The program is free and open to everyone. The full program is available online.

Book launch: Climate: Our Right to Breathe
Wednesday October 12
Gothenburg City Library, 3–8pm

Performances, lectures and screenings by, among others, Léuli Eshrāghi, Svitlana Matviyenko, Forensic Architecture, Daniela Ortiz, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Françoise Vergès.

A new commissioned light installation by Katarina Pirak Sikku and works by Marwa Arsanios and Daniela Ortiz will be installed at Gothenburg City Library between October 12 and November 20, 2022.

Symposium: Publishing as Repair
Thursday October 13
Gothenburg City Library, 4–8pm

The symposium Publishing as Repair asks what is the role of art writing and publishing and the processes of mediating, distributing, and reading as an act of repair or resistance, to create safe spaces for freedom of thought and creation when public spaces for culture are at threat.

Keynote speaker: Yvette Mutumba, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the art magazine Contemporary And, part of the curatorial team of the tenth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, and “curator-at-large” at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Speakers include: Sezgin Boynik, Maryam Fanni, Milena Khomchenko, Paul O’Neill, Martí Manen, Sinziana Ravini, and Anna-Sophie Springer.

Public Talks: Art and Research Publishing
Thursday October 13 and Friday October 14
HDK-Valand, Glasshouse, 10:30am–2:30pm

Presentations and panel discussions profiling current research in, and through, publishing practices: What are the tasks of research publishing beyond mere dissemination? What is the role of print? How is the editorial operative within the curatorial?

Invited speakers include: Catalin Gheorghe, Gerrie van Noord, Niclas Östlind, Livia Pancu & Florin Bobu, Nuno Sacramento, and Eva Weinmayr.

The book launch, symposium and public talks are part of Ecologies of Art Publishing October 12–14, 2022, a programme of public events hosted by L’Internationale Online and HDK-Valand.

Contact: Corina Oprea, Managing Editor, L’Internationale Online, corina.oprea [at] internationaleonline.org.

L’Internationale Online is the platform for art and research of a confederation of seven modern and contemporary art institutions: MG+MSUM (Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Spain); Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (MSN, Warsaw, Poland); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands). L'Internationale is working together with complementary partners such as HDK-Valand—Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (NCAD), Ireland.

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