10.2. – 12.3.2022


Kunsthalle Exnergasse

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Kunsthalle Exnergasse


Decolonising Space Mining

Participants: Guy Buttery, Vlad Cadar, Michelle Clarke, Pippa Goldschmidt, Donagh Horgan, Craig Jones, Ellen Levy, Ralo Mayer, Dylan McGarry, Jacque Njeri, Sergiu Sas, Saskia Vermeylen, Matjaž Vidmar, Beep Wellington, Widows Collective of Marikana

Curated by Saskia Vermeylen
Design by Donagh Horgan
Sound by Crater Digger 

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? 

For further reading:
EXTR-Activism : De-colonising space mining​​​​​​​ 
Article by Saskia Vermeylen

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