press release

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories
March 7–May 31, 2020

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is the first in a series of two exhibitions that will explore the relationship between humans and nature. The art gathered in both shows scrutinizes the interactions between man and nature from a variety of angles and limns potential future scenarios of life on earth. The works on view in the first chapter draw attention to the ways in which the environment has been appropriated in the pursuit of power and resources, shedding light on the repercussions for both nature and social fabrics. They also interrogate conceptions of knowledge in the natural sciences that have been developed in the course of man’s power-driven appropriation of the natural world.

Curated by Heike Munder (director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and Suad Garayeva-Maleki (director YARAT Contemporary Art Space) the exhibition will include works by Monira Al Qadiri, Maria Thereza Alves, Alberto Baraya, Ursula Biemann, Carolina Caycedo, Cooking Sections, Mark Dion, Mishka Henner, Reena Saini Kallat, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Almagul Menlibayeva, Katja Novitskova, Tabita Rezaire, Zina Saro-Wiwa, and Himali Singh Soin. The exhibition will be on view at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku from July 10 until September 27, 2020.

An accompanying publication with essays by Benjamin H. Bratton, T. J. Demos, Suad Garayeva-Maleki & Heike Munder, Reza Negarestani and Jussi Parikka, as well as short texts by Milena Bürge, Anna Fech and Rabea Kaczor will be released in the summer of 2020.

Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions: June 13 to October 4, 2020