The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow announced highlights from its programming for 2019, a characteristically ambitious slate that merges Russian history with cutting-edge international art, and highlights overlooked stars from art history. Next year will also feature the museum’s first engagement with ecological issues.

Allora & Calzadilla’s Commission ties in with a show that will run around the same time, The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 (June 28-December 1), the first exhibition of its kind in Russia to explore important issues around environmentalism and ecology through the language of visual arts, science, technology, and activism.

The exhibition’s title alludes to a time period in the future when, certain authors have theorized, the planet’s oil and water resources have been depleted, but humanity has yet to colonise other planets. In this speculative era, the human race would be forced to live with the knowledge that we are stuck on a dying Earth with no planet B. Thus the show points to a future that is already in the making, when the environmental agenda becomes the main political question.

The Coming World will bring together existing works and new commissions from more than fifty artists and visionaries. It will open with Purple, an immersive six-channel video installation by John Akomfrah and include a new Garage Atrium Commission by Huang Yong Ping. The museum’s 2019 Garage Live program will present a series of events specially conceived for The Coming World.

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