Photo: Johan Österholm
INKLUSIVER WORKSHOP: CIRCLE #2
A RESTING INFRASTRUCTURE
VALENTINA KARGA IN COLLABORATION WITH MINA e.V.
OCT. 30, 3-6 PM
In our growth-driven culture, rest is a theme that is either neglected or commodified. However, growth needs rest; there cannot be one without the other. Growth alone is unsustainable and rest alone is inertia. Facilitating rest is care, and an important active measure for oneself, for a community or the planet. Valentina Karga invites participants to join her in producing a soft circular infrastructure with textiles. This piece of cloth will be coloured with natural dyes and participants will be able to draw on them with earthen pigments. By doing so, they will learn about the alchemy of natural colour and create empowering thoughts to counterbalance the culture of growth with one of rest and care.
Photos: Katja Volkenant
ABOUT VALENTINA KARGA
Artist Valentina Karga was born in Chalkidiki, a peninsula in northern Greece. She lives in Berlin and is a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Currently she is working on challenging the notion of “self” by proposing non-anthropocentric future narratives. A large part of her projects encourage engagement and participation, facilitate practices of commoning and are concerned with sustainability. She works across different media, often inviting the public or a community to literally complete the work. Sometimes, through dialogue and building prototypes in a DIY manner, they end up imagining alternatives for infrastructures and institutions that structure our reality. This is what she calls ‘Art as Simulation’. She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary group that works in the interstices of architecture and the social realm.
An architecture graduate, she has been a fellow at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Science/Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin, a Saari Fellow in Finland, an NTU-CCA resident in Singapore and she was awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. Among other things, her work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, the transmediale festival, the Athens Biennial, the 1st Thailand Biennial, the Moscow Biennial for Young Arts, the Kiasma museum, Konsthall C, Hippolyte Gallery in Helsinki and a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery.