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P74 Gallery

The Economy of Nature, 20th anniversary of P74 Gallery

16 May – 20 June 2017
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of P74 Gallery, we are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition project The Economy of Nature on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 8:00 pm at P74 Gallery.

The artists participating in the exhibition are Jože Barši, Tomaž Furlan, Dejan Habicht, Polonca Lovšin, Tadej Pogačar, Uroš Potočnik and SBD.

The new geological era marked mainly by the destructive influence of humankind on the planet has been generally accepted. It seems that a new type of narrative about the contemporary global reality is needed – whether it be measured by scientists or artists or the two together in a joint endeavor.
The number of exhibitions and publications dedicated to the study of the intersection between the new ecological era and artistic and cultural practices are multiplying. How can we imagine the future of the environmental humanities?

Already in his On the Origin of Species, Darwin used the phrase “the economy of nature” many times. He was not the first who imagined nature as an economy, at the same time, he was one of the first who established parallels between the functioning of nature and the functioning of political economy.
Reflection about the new ecology and the economy of nature was also alive during the 1960s. Members of the OHO group and movement spoke about “OHO things” and “OHO reality”, with traits of antihumanism – of the so-called “resistance of things” – of a revolution that changes a person into a slave to things (for example, Steklenica bi rada pila [The Bottle would like to Drink]) by Marko Pogačnik and Iztok Geister).

The current understanding of nature as an economy includes an understanding of the concept of interdependence between the world of humans and the world of nature, in which we humans are merely a part of the larger whole. This view is in opposition to the model of the liberal and neoliberal economy, which see nature as a supermarket and humankind as consumers and not as co-creators with nature.

With new objects, installations, video works, drawings, photographs and paintings, Jože Barši, Tomaž Furlan, Dejan Habicht, Polonca Lovšin, Tadej Pogačar, Uroš Potočnik and SBD comment on the state of the ruined hierarchy between humankind and nature in the era of the anthropocene.

The programme of the Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.