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Jane and Louise Wilson. Monument (Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee), 2003, still. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery

FUTURE ECOLOGIES is part of WE ARE HERE: Artists’ Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX.

The programme was developed by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and LUX, a London-based international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices. The WE ARE HERE programme comprises five artist film programmes that explore themes such as storytelling, heritage, social inclusion, gender identity, urbanisation and national identity through biography, documentary, poetry and fiction.

The world around us is rapidly changing as a result of human activity. This has never been more apparent than today, as we face the biggest global crisis of our time, and issues arising from our impact on the environment increasingly move to the forefront. Hazardous pollutionurban developmentprivatisation and exploitation of public spaces are all troubling realities in the Western Balkans, and the intention of this moving image programme is to propel to the forefront crucial conversations on those topics. Having worked with national art institutions in previous years, we are excited to now turn to alternative exhibition spaces and locations, in order to contextualize these themes and spur a different type of dialogue.

Curators from the six Western Balkans countries have so far participated in a week-long online curatorial intensive programme organised by LUX in December, during which they connected and exchanged ideas with their UK counterparts through expert consultations and artist talks. Participating curators were invited to examine topics presented in FUTURE ECOLOGIES and to contextualise them to their immediate environment. In the next year, curators will work on projects to engage the wider public in exploring a unique blend of UK and WB voices with the aim of raising awareness on pertinent environmental issues.

We are happy to highlight that the regional art community can also look forward to professional development and connecting with the UK in February and March 2021 by way of specialised workshops hosted by UK artists and visual art experts. The workshops will also be organised by LUX and they will present an exciting opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts in the region to hear more from artists in the UK working with themes such as environmental activismcommunity participation and other topics incorporated by FUTURE ECOLOGIES.

FUTURE ECOLOGIES is the continuation of the British Council’s efforts to shed light on current social issues and inspire debate.

Other exhibitions in the region

The British Council has so far hosted several world-renowned exhibitions in the region, including Damien Hirst’s New Religion in 2016, Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences in 2017, and the Perceptions exhibition tour between 2018 and 2019, which had a similar concept of showcasing the works of contemporary UK artists alongside artworks from the Western Balkans in a thought-provoking exploration of gender equality and female representation in art.

About our Partner

LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them. Founded in 2002 as a charity and not-for-profit limited company, the organisation builds on a long lineage of predecessors (The London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre) which stretch back to the 1960s.