Opening on February 10, 2024 at Framer Framed ~ "The One-Straw Revolution" curated by iLiana Fokianaki (DAI tutor 2018- 2022 and beyond) ~ Inspired by The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (1975), an influential book on ecological thought and practice written by Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, the exhibition serves as a first realisation of curator Fokianaki’s research into permaculture as a methodology for exhibition-making and institution-building, which she will develop over the coming years. The title of Fukuoka’s book refers to the technique of scattering straw in a field post-harvest, following his philosophy of cultivating the earth with minimal waste and maximum respect towards ecosystem balance. Fukuoka’s work among others prompted scientists to coin the term “permaculture” as a shorthand for “permanent culture”—a philosophy and practice that emphasises working in harmony with the ecosystems we are a part of and dependent on. Permaculture proposes a long-term approach, putting prolonged and thoughtful observation ahead of extractive and thoughtless labour. The exhibition is inspired by the main principles of this strand of ecological thought and practice, which propagate a way of being that heeds the existential threat posed by the climate crisis.
It builds on the desire to highlight eon-long traditions of a non-proprietary culture of land and life, connecting a sustainable past with a sustainable future, ancestors with descendants while emphasising positions on a non-human centric intersectionality. It invites visitors to imagine and contemplate such a future, departing from our catastrophic implication in the Pyrocene and considering our role as fellow ecosystem contributors.
Curator: iLiana Fokianaki
Artists: Edgar Calel, Kyriaki Goni, Irene Kopelman, Uriel Orlow, Eliana Otta, Bik Van der Pol, Citra Sasmita, Arjuna Neuman with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Nora Severios, Himali Singh Soin.
Exhibition design: Katharina Sook Wilting & Tal
The One-Straw Revolution
Opening: February 10, 2024