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February
ANTROPOCENE AND POSSIBLE FUTURES

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This month of February we’ve addressed two themes that are extremely popular in the art world today. Exhibitions, publications and a wide range of different projects have approached what is known as the Anthropocene, and envisage possible futures starting from the present and from the traces of human being on Earth.

The texts by Sonia Fernández Pan and Juan Canela referred to the work of Donna Haraway, an unavoidable author who has examined our relationship with the environment and with other species. Her notion of the Chthulucene has guided the research of several artists we have discussed this month: Ariadna Guiteras, Lucía C. Pino, John Akomfrah and the Rimini Protokoll collective.

February is also the month of ARCO, the most important contemporary art fair of those held in Spain, and which this year replaces the section dedicated to a guest country with an exhibition on the idea of the future. Rosa Naharro interviewed one of the curators of the show, Chus Martínez, who told us about a project devoted to imagining possible developments.

This year the aftertaste of ARCO was less forward-looking, as pointed out by Montse Badia in her review of the fair, characterised by censorship and a certain degree of conservatism in the displays. Nevertheless, other exhibitions in Madrid also focused on notions of the future, extractivism and the limits of human activity. Caterina Almirall surveyed the shows at Centro Centro and La Casa Encendida, and highlighted works featuring raw material.

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A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.

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