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Extractivism and its discontents, documenta fifteen

Artist Residency

2022 September, Kassel, Germany

The participant of the international residency 'Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements' by lumbung member Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA), in cooperation with the University of Kassel, documenta Institut and CELA (Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Kassel), are artists, activists and researchers from the diverse fields of cultural sciences and arts. The residency takes place from September 7 to 18, 2022 in Kassel during documenta fifteen and is part of MAMA’s artistic project for the exhibition.

The Summer School offers an international and interdisciplinary exchange on resource-extracting societies and the interconnectedness between the Global South and Europe. The focus lies on Latin America, specifically its ecological diversity and long (post)colonial experience of resource extraction. The term extractivism covers the extraction, use and export of natural resources such as oil, mining, agriculture and fisheries. It implies the problems that arise for countries of the Global South when, on the one hand, they are dependent on raw material exports and, on the other hand, are unable or unwilling to spread their economic activities more widely. The consequences of this dependence are socio-economic conflicts and illegal mining activities.

Applying an interdisciplinary perspective from the arts, humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences, the Summer School offers an innovative approach of artistic and discursive laboratories. Participants delve into the cultural, aesthetic and political implications of extractive economies to the global present. Simultaneously, alternative forms of thought and perspectives for collective action, sustainability and the cohabitation of various forms of life that emerge within radically changing ecosystems of the global present will be explored. Within this critical framework, the Summer School takes up MAMA’s artistic contributions to documenta fifteen. This transdisciplinary approach offers the possibility to develop the aesthetic, critical and acting potential of the arts, humanities, cultural studies and social sciences to devise sustainable cultural and social practices.

The International Summer School: Extractivism and its discontents, cultural and artistic counter-movements is organized by the University of Kassel, documenta Institut, CELA and Más Arte Más Acción Foundation with the support of documenta fifteen and CAPAZ - German-Colombian Peace Institute. This initiative is financed by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA).

Extractivism and its discontents, documenta fifteen
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