Laboratory for Ecology and Aesthetics (Dk)+ Aziza Hamel (Tn)
Dea Antonsen (DK) and Ida Bencke (DK) are founders and curators of Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology (LAE). LAE was established in 2014 as an independent curatorial and publishing platform for experimental, artistic and poetic work around shared exhaustion and collective healing in the intersection between social and ecological inequalities and solidarities. Dea Antonsen (MA) has previously worked as a curator at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art and as a guest teacher at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Ida Bencke is a PhD student at Copenhagen University with the research project OIKOS: Care and Crisis. Both Antonsen and Bencke are currently in-house curators at Center for Art and Mental Health. Aziza Harmel is a freelance curator and a writer based in Tunisia. She has previously worked as a curator assistant at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), been a part of the curator team at Les Rencontres de Bamako, The African Biennale of Photography (Mali), been the curator of Qayyem – programme in curatorial research (Amman), a curatorial assistant at Steirischer Herbst (Graz), and a curatorial assistant in documenta 14 (Kassel and Athens).
Hosting Lands is a slow-growing, decentral exhibition movement unfolding around belonging to land, the politics of hosting, and the creation of translocal alliances through community building, radical pedagogy and reparative practices. Over the course of three years, the exhibition will move between six locations throughout Denmark engaging artists, activists and communities. Hosting Lands explores questions of stewardship and care for land by (re)establishing commons, and by working in collective and regenerative site-responsive manners. Hosting Lands orients itself towards futures beyond the exhibition movement itself by offering transformative infrastructures of the everyday, and by seeking to ignite lasting change in the landscapes, communities and worlds at stake.
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