Curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou, EcoFutures: Staring at the Sun is a 3-week festival including a curated group exhibition, international conference, workshops, screenings, performances, residencies and a ‘Deep Trash: Eco Trash’ club night. EcoFutures will bring together over 70 artists, activists and theorists from all over the world to create a platform for discussion and experimentation around urgent environmental and ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, pollution, health and sustainability through a decolonial, feminist and queer lens.
EcoFutures will see the performance of FCTC (From Chibok to Calais) as a response to the exhibition theme. Five women performers are invited to read the text in FCTC in their native tongue, simultaneously in Yoruba, Spanish, French, Swahili and English. This re-presentation of FCTC (previously performed at Fierce Festival 2017 and MKH Biennale 2018) offers a perspective on the role of faith in migration. The performers appear in uniformed choir robes appearing to sing from neverending hymn sheets. With each clamoring for space with her voice, they collectively evoke the oldest story of the origin of difference and apartness in the Tower of Babel. The interjection of water as weapons to their ritual is almost a sacrilegious protest to their prayers.
The performance of FCTC at EcoFutures takes place on 4th April. The exhibition is open from 5th to 14th April at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London