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EUROPA / EUTOPIA

Presented in October 2015 - Spinnerei - Leipzig

A haunted forest, the remains of a run-down capitalist civilisation, and a wooden border that extended beings attempt to climb and pass are the first elements of this gigantic installation. A rotating sound narration takes the visitors from one corner to another of this haunted landscape, questioning the limits of representation, exploring the thin line separating humans from other entities. The videos, light boxes and sculptures exhibited give life to a potential story in which anger, fear, and a fragile sense of hope are struggling against one another.

Europe, now, at the beginning of the 21st century, has become a complete dystopia. It has reached a point where it can be seen as a hegemonic technostructure, built to create a corporate paradise, with clear undemocratic procedures, and trying tragically to define its unity, its identity by a murderous policy against migrants. Europa / Eutopia, the exhibition, shows the dystopia that the European project has become and at the same time continues the work carried by CHTO to redesign, reshape and rethink the European space in terms of future rather than past. In this immersive art environment, CHTO shapes a new vision of Europe as a space of “in-betweeness”, where multiplicities are embraced instead of being continuously and murderously annihilated by the restrictive borders of old ontological categories.

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