Zoepolis. Design for Weeds and Pests

23.11–15.12.2019
opening: Saturday, 23.11.2019, 7 pm

Artists: Czarny Latawiec, Małgorzata Gurowska, Alicja Patanowska, Katarzyna Roj, Anna Siekierska
Curator: Agata Szydłowska
Curatorial cooperation: Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Rosińska
Substantive cooperation: Anna Czeremcha
Institutional cooperation: BWA Wrocław

Exhibition Zoepolis. Designing for Weeds and Pests puts in the center of attention, affirms and gives concern to species living very close to man, but despised and often excluded. Taking Nośna’s space and its nearest surroundings as the starting point of exhibition, participating artists explore the periphery and the borderland, cooperate with non-human inhabitants and propose design interventions that seek to rebuild broken ties with our closest neighbors. The central point of Alicja Patanowska’s, as well as Katarzyna Roj’s and Czarny Latawiec’s interest becomes water and soil – sources of life, complex ecosystems, and at the same time habitats, which extraordinary vitality raises human fear. Anna Siekierska and Małgorzata Gurowska turn their attention to beings that can be seen and yet from which we look away: common, but endowed with unusual powers plants inhabiting wild lawns and cracks in cracked concrete, as well as despised co-inhabitants of human habitats: pigeons, fruit flies, spiders …

Zoepolis. Designing for Weeds and Pests is another installment of the project initiated in 2017 by the exhibition Zoepolis. Design for Plants and Animals that took place in the Dizajn BWA Wrocław gallery as part of the project titled Cartographies of Strangeness, Otherness, and (ex)(in)clusion. The Perspective of Contemporary Philosophy and Art implemented by the University of Warsaw’s Philosophy and Sociology Faculty and co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities. 

Zoepolis is devoted to design beyond the anthropocentric paradigm and the search for solutions that can become a platform for creating a radical human-non-human community. Challenging man’s central position in design is an empathy exercise that our species can also benefit from. The project proposes an experiment in the field of changing perspectives and thinking about design that, without excluding humans, would approach non-people subjectively.

The exhibition takes place as part of  Sztuka do rzeczy – design w Krakowie project. Co-financed by the city of Krakow.