Video Art Miden collaborates with mink festival, an online festival created to explore the environmental, social and psychological consequences of the pandemic, presenting the video art program “EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End”, curated by Evi Stamou & Pietro Radin for the whole duration of mink, 21 of December 2020 to 21 of March 2021.
“EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End” is a curated selection of 10 video works showcasing the everyday existence of the many diverse lifeforms that inhabit the planet, their lives considered against the backdrop of humankind’s burdensome ecological footprint.
The works we present, completed shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic, capture our dystopian present and paint an elegiac portrait of this ailing planet, the reluctant home for countless hopeful inhabitants (trees and spiders, crows and mollusk, goats and humans).
«EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End» is one of the three video art programs that were screened online during October 2020 in Video Art Miden’s YouTube channel.
Kristian Xipolias, Ruina, Italy 2019, 3.13
Dante Albanesi, Sabbia fine estate, Italy 2019, 4.30
Isabelle Nouzha, Dystopian Patterns, Belgium/Lebanon 2019, 6.43
Shelly Silver, Score for Joanna Kotze, Italy/USA 2019, 4.16
Alina Vasilchenko, The Crows (Urban Birds), Russia 2018, 3.25
Gabriele Rossi, Oneira Glyka, France/Greece 2018, 5.27
Maya Connors, Diary of an organism (newly translated), Germany 2019, 11.20
Przemek Węgrzyn, Scarcity, Poland 2019, 14.45
Shelly Silver, This Film, Germany/USA 2018, 6.52
Eleni Magklara, Stelios Papiemidoglou & Efi Roufagala, Imprint, Greece 2019, 3.11
Astists’ bios and synopses of the works may be found here
About mink festival:
The artistic group Magenta curates an online festival exhibition space and addresses an open call for works inspired by the zoo of the pandemic.
The animal in the pandemic, the animal and the pandemic.
The animal as a cause of the pandemic_bats and other animals packed and sold in markets
The animal as a pet saviour _ the dog as an extension, a passport for exit during the lockdowns
The animal as a postponed accessory hecatomb_ million minks killed, just in case they may have transmitted a mutation of the virus to humans
Humans care for their dead. The minks are also our dead, not just the human victims of the pandemic.
Has the pandemic trauma rendered us indifferent, or are we embodying the trauma, obtaining the power of our coronavirus enemy by performing a mass animal killing?
The deadline for the opening phase is Friday, 11th December 2020.
The opening date of the online festival exhibition space is scheduled for Monday, 21st December 2020.
The selection of works will be ongoing and the festival will get updated with new entries every Monday, until 22nd February 2021. The final phase of mink festival will remain online for another month, closing on 21st March 2021.
More info: minkfestival.com