Slow Violence

Participants: Maria Thereza Alves, Pia Arke, Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Mia Edelgart, Harun Farocki, Basia Irland, Runo Lagomarsino, Zoe Todd

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Nyhavn 1
1650 København K

18/6 – 13/8 2017

The narrative of the Anthropocene considers the destruction of the Earth as collateral damage, unintended harm, but use of the term ‘climate change’ in the 18th century tells a different story. Even then, it was crucial to control not only physical surroundings but also to change climatic conditions. Along with the enslavement and annihilation of people, the manipulation of environments and climates was integral to the colonial project. The violations against natures and worlds that are transforming the composition of the Earth are closely connected to a specific practice and way of perceiving the relationship between Man and his surroundings intrinsic to European colonialism and capitalism.

How did it become possible to consider people and the planet as inexhaustible resources to be used and abused without cost? The exhibition Slow Violence is an attempt to read the destabilization of the climate and the destruction of the Earth as a history of slow violence.