The artists Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s talk about their first solo exhibition in Austria, „Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims“. It is centered around the presentation of a new work, coproduced by Kunsthalle Wien. The eponymous film is the latest part of a series called Elemental Cinema; each film in this series is dedicated to one of the four elements – in this case the element is air.

Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s work undermines patterns of thinking about and relating to the Earth that have been shaped by European colonial modernity. They show that categories and distinctions that seem self-evident to us underlie a profoundly unequal, racist world. „Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims“ turns the spotlight on the persistence, though in altered form, of this modern relation to the Earth in the history of neoliberalism and one of its defining early episodes: Chile under the Pinochet regime.

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman. Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims
5/10 2023 – 17/3 2024 at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
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