New September Exhibition: Planet, People, Care-It Spells Degrowth!
Rupali Patil, I echo a thousand times after you, Agnes - if we opened people up, we’d find landscapes -2, 2020

After Paris, Budapest, Venice and Barcelona the 9th International Conference on Degrowth will be held in Zagreb from August 29 to September 2, 2023.

Bearing the same title as the conference Planet, People, Care-It Spells Degrowth!, the exhibition is conceived in a conjugation and in a dialogue with the 9th International Degrowth conference in Zagreb. The focus of the exhibition is on potentialities of socio-metabolic transformation our societies need to undertake to return to their fairshare within planetary boundaries and maintain emancipation and solidarity for all in their population.

Curated by Ana Dević/ WHW, the exhibition at Croatian Association of Fine Artists (HDLU), Trg žrtava fašizma 16, Zagreb gathers artists Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, and Cecilia Vicuña. The opening program starts with a book launch at 6 pm and presents A Decolonial Feminism by Françoise Vergès. The opening is scheduled for 8 pm. The exhibition is open until Sept 10th 2023.

The exhibition rethinks eco-social artistic practices from the perspective of political ecologies, eco-feminist and decolonial standpoints exploring how artistic agency and imagination can contribute to transformation of the unjust, extractivist logic of neoliberal order. Artists included in the exhibition are preoccupied with reconfiguring new subjectivities through reimagining commons, reusing, repurposing, agitating and sharing as well as igniting new imaginaries through collective desire, joy and solidarity.

The organizational team of the conference includes Zagreb based organizations active in the fields of science, ecology, research, activism and visual culture: IPE – Institute for Political Ecology, DOOR – Society for Designing Sustainable Development, Multimedia Institute (MaMa), Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Scientists for Climate and What how and for whom/WHW. The conference is bringing together researchers, activists and cultural workers in a post-pandemic, post-quake, municipalist green transition city reinventing itself for a safer and kinder, even if precarious and climate-constrained century. 9th International conference is realized in partnership with the City of Zagreb and its institutions. In addition to the scientific conference, which will bring together over 500 participants: scientists, activists, theorists, researchers and cultural figures from all over the world.

Some of the keynote speakers include Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Nkwain, Karin Doolan, Ngam, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs and rich conference program. that includes numerous participants.

The accompanying program of the Degrowth Week Festival offers the Zagreb audience a series of free cultural-artistic, discursive and activist activities: environmental film program, exhibition, performances and lectures…

Here you can check: Preliminary conference program, for the afternoon sessions entrance free of charge!


WHW activities within the conference at the Zagreb trade fair:

31/8, 3 pm Françoise Vergès: Breathing: A Revolutionary Act, Zagreb Fair
16. 30 pm Marwa Arsanios, farid rakun/ruangrupa: Artistic Ecologies Reimagining the Commons, Moderator: Pablo Martínez

WHW activities are is realized in conjunction with the two-year collaborative project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances in collaboration with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit.


The working hours of the exhibition at HDLU:
Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 7pm h
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm h
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed

WHW program supported by:
City Office for Culture, Intercity and International Relations, and Civil Society
Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Croatian Audiovisual Centre-HAVC
Foundation for Arts Initiatives
Foundation Kultura nova
Kontakt Collection/ERSTE Foundation
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia