EVENTS
MARTHA ROSLER: Environment and Industry. «Occupy Chevron» - a big protest in a small village
April 9, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Participants: Wiesław Gryn, Jolanta Jabłońska, Emil Jabłoński, Małgorzata Jabłońska, Barbara Siegieńczuk

MARTHA ROSLER: Environment and Industry. «Occupy Chevron» - a big protest in a small village

April 9, 2014 at 6 p.m., Gallery 1
Participants:
Wiesław Gryn, Jolanta Jabłońska, Emil Jabłoński, Małgorzata Jabłońska, Barbara Siegieńczuk
Organization: Maciej Łepkowski
Free admission

The meeting is being held within the frames of Martha Rosler’s project / exhibition "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".

 

This second meeting, which is being held within the context of the "Environment and Industry" series, is being dedicated to the residents of the village Żurawlów who are protesting against the extraction of shale gas. For more than ten months, these residents have been blocking the road leading to the site where the company Chevron intends to conduct the drilling. The residents are vigil on the blockade, on call 24 hours a day, and ready at any time to stop the heavy mining equipment. The protest is called, «Occupy Chevron».

The residents are demanding a precise and honest diagnosis of the impact the gas extraction will have on the environment. They also insist on having the voices of the local community heard by all those involved in the extraction. It’s a serious game. Żurawlów is situated on one of the main groundwater reservoirs in Poland. This region also holds claim to the highest quality agricultural land in the country. The risk of environmental pollution in the case of shale gas extraction is high, repeatedly corroborated, and could lead to the tragic degradation of the local community, agriculture, as well as wildlife.

During the many months of protest, the residents of Żurawlów were able to deepen their knowledge on the methods of shale gas extraction, its impact on the environment, and its geopolitical significance. Their protest, with the initial slogan "Not In My Backyard," is becoming broader and is picking up the character of universal opposition to the destruction of rural environments and its inhabitants by the irresponsible actions of authorities and major extraction companies.

During the meeting, the participants will talk about the protest’s course, share their knowledge on the topic, and elaborate on the situation of the small community struggling against a large international company.

Find out more about the protest «Occupy Chevron»:
http://occupychevron.tumblr.com/nasze_postulaty



"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland"
is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address the following issues: Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The task at hand is to confront existing processes – including economic, cultural, and ideological – that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.

 




Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson  

CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE

 





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