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People Powered Movement vs Shell | Exhibition

People Powered Movement vs Shell: A century of decolonial contestation

On October 30th at 19.00h, the exhibition “Movement against Shell” opens its doors in NDSM-Fuse. In the context of several court cases that are being held against Shell in 2020, this exhibition explores the fight for justice that has been fought from Indonesia to Nigeria, from CuraƧao to South Africa, and from Alaska to Groningen; in other words: a fight that preceded the battle stage of the court of law. Through installations, audio-stories, photography and relics of activisms, the exhibition invites you to learn from the people who have shown resistance and made calls for decolonial climate justice.

Artists Anna Bissila and Chihiro Geuzebroek are the driving forces behind the exhibition. During the entire project, they work together with Milieudefensie and Aralez. The relics of activism that are displayed come from Milieudefensie, Waddenvereniging, Groninger Bodembeweging, Fossil Free Culture, Code Red, XR, and Je Moeder. The exhibition also includes more than 14, often interactive, works of art.

Key to the approach of the artists Chihiro Geuzebroek and Anna Bissila is placing moments and movement in a web of relationships. Geuzebroek and Bissila have known each other since this year and work together on this exhibition out of a shared interest in decolonial climate justice.

Quote Chihiro: People Powered Movement vs Shell is a roller coaster through history, honoring and mourning the defenders of our earth who rose up against a colonial force that damaged many people and places. Hopefully, people will be surprised by the emotional depth and spectrum of activism.

Quote Anna: Chihiro says that she is “Born to win, together with you!” Well, what a victory to make educational art about ancestral struggles for justice, especially in the aftermath of decolonial thinking.

Prior to the exhibition, a meeting of Milieudefensie will take place on 24 and 25 October in BAK in Utrecht and on 30 October Chihiro Geuzebroek will be a guest at the IMPAKT festival.

Until November 22, the exhibition “Movement Against Shell” can be visited with free entry between 12.00 and 18.00 hrs every Friday till Sunday.

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