Participants: Nuotama Bodomo, Guy Buttery, Michelle Clarke, Craig Jones, Dylan McGarry, Saskia Vermeylen, Sean McMahon, Stefan Tiron, Pippa Goldschmidt, Matjaž Vidmar, Vlad Cadar, Jonathan Keats, Alice Gorman, Ralo Mayer, Sergiu Sas, Donagh Horgan, Maren Grimm, Jakob Krameritsch, Beep Wellington, Widows Collective of Marikana, Jacque Njeri, Christina de Middel
Curated by Saskia Vermeylen
The exhibition EXTR-Activism presents artistic and activist positions that question and challenge the new commercial space race for mineral extractivism. It interrogates how law has played a role in governing mining and extractivism across time and space, pushing resource frontiers across the globe and now beyond. The exhibition is curated as an immersive performance, which visitors move through as if they were on board a pan-African spaceship, sending Afronauts to Mars with the task to stop Lunar and Martian colonialism and extractivism. During their voyage the Afronauts rewrite the history and future of space exploration as they are confronted with the counterfactual history of space travel. Exposed to the environmental and human atrocities that accompany terrestrial mining, the Afronauts have the opportunity to shape the future through witnessing an alternative past. How can outer space governance be reimagined if the first person on the Moon was a female Zambian Afronaut?