Opening | “Slow Future”, group exhibition featuring Cinthia Marcelle

(Warsaw, Poland)

Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado are featured in the group exhibition “Slow Future”, taking place as of today at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. The majority of works presented at the Slow Future exhibition are new works by about twenty artists. The exhibition is a follow-up of the “Emergency Pavilion – Rebuilding Utopia” (2013) show in Teatro Fondamenta Nuove during the last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Jota Castro.

The theme of the exhibition “Slow Future” is degrowth, a social movement advocating that we should abandon the current model of compulsory economic growth and search for ways to improve the quality of life within the limits of capacity of natural environment. The promoters of degrowth, also known as degrowthists, question the supreme value of material possessions and propose alternative models of economy – barter, cooperatives, co-ownership, and community exchange.

According to them, it is mistaken to think that economic growth is indispensable for development and that it is the most important goal that everyone should pursue. Supporters of the idea of degrowth believe that it is precisely unrestrained consumption that aggravates social inequalities, not to mention irreversible damage to natural environment. Through their lifestyles, they are trying to oppose the universal pursuit of growth (in development and in economics), which according to them, creates far more social harm than objective benefits.

In order to cut down consumption, we don’t have to make sacrifices or reduce our quality of life. It would be enough to use alternative means and methods at a larger scale, such as: recycling, green transport, converting deserted buildings into flats; and finally – to engage local organizations in decision-making processes relating to changes in public space. In times of economic crisis, such concepts become highly appreciated and inspire artists from all over the world.

David Adamo, Bigert & Bergström, Bianca Bondi, Tania Bruguera, Fernando Bryce, Ella de Búrca, Luis Camnitzer, Jota Castro, Joachim Coucke, James Deutsher, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Kendell Geers, Nuria Güell, Patrick Hamilton, Cinthia Marcelle, Tiago Mata Machado, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ingrid Wildi Merino, Mariele Neudecker, Wilfredo Prieto, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, David Zink Yi

“Slow Future”, group exhibition with Cinthia Marcelle
Opening of the exhibition: June 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.
On view through: September 14, 2014
Curator: Jota Castro

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