WHAT DO CROCODILES DREAM ABOUT?
July 4–October 29, 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
The exhibition has been envisioned by Bojana Piškur, Daniela Berger, Riksa Afiaty, Shada Safadi with Akram Al Halabi, May Herbawe, Cristian Inostroza, Essa Grayeb, Hani Zurob, Lab Laba-Laba, Moelyono, Noor Abuarafeh, Papuan Voices, Paraparabuku, Patricia Domínguez, Roy Villevoye, Udeido Collective, Veronika Kusumaryati & Ernst Karel.
The exhibition brings together voices, cosmologies, ecologies, and human and more-than-human beings from diverse parts of the world: Gaza, Jerusalem, Jisr al-Zarqa, Ljubljana, Majdal Shams, Puchuncaví, Ramallah, Santiago, West Papua and elsewhere. It is comprised of three interconnected parts. In the chapter Going with the Tide, Riksa Afiaty presents a selection of films from West Papua and the moving images, artworks, and initiatives of filmmakers, artists, a library, anthropologists, and an educator - Lab Laba-Laba, Roy Villevoye, Udeido Collective, Paraparabuku, Veronika Kusumaryati & Ernst Karel and Moelyono. Daniela Berger’s chapter Less Condor, More Huemul suggests to follow the example of the humble, peaceful huemul that lives at one with the forest. The proposals of the artists Cristian Inostroza and Patricia Domínguez point towards this “direction of the affective,” where people heal the scars of the lands and look towards nature to relearn the real power of plants to forge a different future, one that cares about all sentient beings. In Birds, They No Longer Want to Migrate, Shada Safadi has created an installation combining birds from the Golan with stories and myths that have played an important part in the collective memory of the community where she has lived since childhood; also inviting other artists to be part of that habitat.
With the support of
Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio de Chile; The Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology through the Dana Indonesian travel fund (FBK IB 2023); Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.