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Screenshot from 'El Oriente es un Mito' by Sofía Acosta-Varea in collaboration with Llego Films and Archivo Visual Amazónico

12 Apr 2024
17:30 - 20:00

From Rites to Rights: Imagining Ecologies of Tomorrow

On 12 April, we are happy to host an evening of discussion and performance with the artists currently participating in Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural & Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis (CAREC) programme. The group explores issues around climate justice, particularly through community-based practices.

Our understandings of the non-human are strongly influenced and changed by life experience, geography, and culture. These personal and fragmented perspectives play a crucial role in how we coexist with the world around us – creating relations with a more-than-human world which is inherently ‘natural’ to our planet and at the same time inextricably shaped by human interventions and perspectives.

From Rites to Rights: Imagining Ecologies of Tomorrow brings together the Cycle 3 cohort of CAREC to reflect on cultural constructs of the non-human and how these are changing in the age of climate catastrophe. The cohort’s 12 artists and 5 mentors hail from across the world, and each practitioner’s practice engages with human–non-human relationships in distinct ways. For some, this process involves nurturing a sense of spirituality or ancestral practice closely tied to the well-being of the Earth. For others, the focus falls on future technologies. Within the group, these varying processes of engaging with ecosystems converge, and perspectives and experiences from the past intersect with future possibilities. The encounter of various practices and sources of knowledge guides us in our collective imagining of the more-than-human worlds of tomorrow and fostering of more sustainable and ecological futures.

Registrations are now full. If you haven’t signed up, you are still welcome to attend but we cannot guarantee a seat.


17:30 – 18:00 | Welcome
18:00 – 18:45 | Non-human, rites, and rights

Moderator: Brigitte Baptiste

A conversation about how and why we as humans select particular aspects of an ecosystem to understand our positionality within it and as the basis for ritual practices – influencing our behaviours and reinforcing cultural relationships and values.

18:45 – 19.:30 | Habitat to a plant

Moderator: Benji Boyadgian

A conversation about how artists, acting as ‘ecological narrators’, envision and influence our perception of habitats and our relationships with humans and ‘extra-humans’ at various scales and in various forms.

19:30 – 20:00 | Rituals for the Emerging Natures

A collective performance.


This event is part of Cultural & Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis (CAREC), a year-long programme aimed at accelerating engaged community-based cultural practices with a focus on climate justice that acknowledges the social, political and economic dimensions of the environmental crisis. Through this programme, the Prince Claus Fund and the Goethe Institut create an interdisciplinary platform to support critical artistic work, stimulate cross-disciplinary exchange, and centre non-hegemonic forms of knowledge to envision alternative models of climate justice.

Participating artists and mentors

Benji Boyadgian | mentor
Brigitte Baptiste | mentor
Dan Li | artist
Federico Zukerfeld (Etcétera Collective) | mentor
Irene Agrivina | mentor
Lapdiang Syem | artist
Loreto Garín Guzman (Etcétera Collective) | mentor
Marianne Fahmy | artist
Mohamed Sleiman | artist
Monica Naranjo Uribe | artist
Nana Opoku (Afroscope) | artist
Nova Ruth | artist
Sharon Chin | artist
Sofia Acosta | artist
Tareq Khalaf | artist
Zayaan Khan | artist
Yara Costa | artist

Framer Framed is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

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Framer Framed and Prince Claus Fund present two tours
Guided tours at the Institute of Social History and the Prince Claus Fund Gallery.