Talk with Sabina Oroshi and Ameli Klein
Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

Following the opening of the group exhibition Mapping the Cartographic: Contemporary Approaches to Planterization at Filodrammatica Gallery, which deals with algorithmic, digital and technical representation of our planet and our relationship to nature, Sabina Oroshi and Ameli Klein – part of the Collective Rewilding that curated the exhibition – will give a talk on the role of tourism in the contemporary world.

After the talk, set for Friday, January 21 at 7 pm in the large hall of Filodrammatica, Monika Dorniak, one of the artists at the group exhibition, will give a performance entitled Walking In Two Directions (At The Same Time), starting at 8 pm in the adjacent gallery space.

Admission is free, with a limited number of visitors and mandatory adherence to current epidemiological measures.

Performance by Monika Dorniak
Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

Sabina Oroshi & Ameli Klein: Rethinking Tourism Towards New Paradigms of Repair

– talk @ Filodrammatica, large hall, January 21 at 7 p.m.

Sabina Oroshi & Ameli Klein _ Collective Rewilding _ Rethinking Tourism

The curators gathered in the Collective Rewilding question how much the collective imaginary of the Adriatic and the wider Mediterranean is intertwined in the way we approach its natural ecosystem as ironically unnatural. Questioning the fragmentation of separate historiographies in the shaping of nation-states through the modern age, they propose engagement with territory beyond its segregation through the prism of the natural and the cultural.

As an exploratory site for researching this impetus for “Cur(at)ing for a Broken World”, Collective Rewilding has taken up mass tourism to further unpack the many paradoxes and complexities faced by the environmental crisis and its relationship with the global artistic community. Tourism, especially artistic tourism, partakes in the perpetuation of climate violence around the world.

The curators inquired into the notion of the tourist as a spectator who, often seen as a passive viewer, is, in actuality, an active contributor to the precarization of many communities around the world. With that perspective, they wanted to challenge the common practice of art tourism and the tourist at large so that through a revision of our relationship to territory, we can establish new ways of occupying (as guests) a particular place and community. For this, they have taken up a few case studies to help interrogate tourism as a practice that underscores an extractivist relationship whereby communities get displaced and diminished while the environment gets equally threatened.

How big is the contribution of  tourists  to the seemingly passive, but in fact permanent destruction of human and other ecosystems, to the precarization of workers and citizens and the overall destruction of sustainable life in cities? What is spectatorship when tourists come just to “see”, but watching becomes a destructive act? Where does a tourist enter a space as if entering a frame, a movie? As a case study on the effects of tourist aesthetics and architecture, the curators are researching the works of Croatian artist Lana Stovićević. Her practice further reveals the long-term and short-term effects of tourism on exemplary cases in the coastal landscape and cities of Croatia.

Sabina Oroshi is a researcher and a curator from Croatia based in Hamburg, Germany. She holds a MA in Art History and Museology & Heritage Management from the University of Zagreb, as well as a BA in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Rijeka. Strongly focusing on educational programming and outreach, Sabina is working in the visitor service department of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, as well as holding courses for students within the cultural program of AStA Hamburg at the University of Hamburg. She is the founder and member of the curatorial collective Collective Rewilding.

Ameli Klein is a curator and a researcher based between Venice and Graz. She is an EPIC Fellow at the AAMC Engagement Program for International Curators with Terra Foundation and Art Fund_ (2021), and has been invited to participate in the Anthropocene Campus by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the HKW (2021). She previously was a Curator in Residence at the SCL, Shanghai Biennial (2019), the V-A-C Curatorial Lab Venice (2019), and at artpace San Antonio (2020). She received VDAC and BCGS fellowships to the History of Art Departments of Dartmouth College (2016/17) and Cornell University (2018/19).

She is the founder and member of the curatorial collective Collective Rewilding.


Monika Dorniak: Walking In Two Directions (At The Same Time)

– performance @ Filodrammatica Gallery, January 21 at 8 p.m.

Monika Dorniak _ Collective Rewilding

In her new lecture performance, the German-Polish artist Monika Dorniak is reflecting on the (apparent) paradox of bringing together a multiplicity of roots in a singular bodily cartography. Repetitive physical gestures and analytical details meet spoken reflections – all supported by a crafted material structure that unfolds itself within the mental dialogue between the artist, the audience and present threads of the past. In her multimedia practice the artist often connects wearable sculpture, written and recorded word, performance and painting – all of which will be newly intertwined in her solo performance.

Monika Dorniak is an artist with an interdisciplinary background in choreography, psychology and design, who often merges media – specifically performance, (textile) sculpture, workshop, video, photography. In her multimedia practice she is exploring the structures of the Self through a multifaceted analysis of body, mind and environment, by taking into consideration the regressive history of the domination of nature, and social power structures. Her auto-biographical research on intergenerational trauma, migration and belonging is carried forward within her ongoing collaborations with scientists and diverse communities. As an artist she has presented her works at international institutions, such as Tate Exchange in Tate Modern London (2017 & 2018), Foreign Affairs Festival at Berliner Festspiele (2014) and Arts Catalyst in London (2016), and as guest lecturer at Al-Quds Bard College in Palestine (2018), Chelsea College in London (2017) and Garage Museum in Moscow (2019). Dorniak holds a Master Degree in Art and Science (Department Fine Art) from the Central Saint Martins in London (2017).


Collective Rewilding is an international, non-profit association founded in 2019 by Sara Garzón, Ameli M. Klein, and Sabina Oroshi. Concerned about social and environmental sustainability, instituting a culture of care, and adapting to our ever shifting notions of territory, they seek to explore the larger question: How do we curate for a broken world? As a curatorial group and research laboratory, Collective Rewilding proposes critical new examinations and optical perspectives to help unpack histories of resistance, knowledge exchange, and networks of artistic solidarity against colonial and Anthropocenic structures of power. By problematizing the concept of rewilding, they investigate the intersection between care, ecology, and curatorial practice.
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