New EVA International curator looks to climate emergency

Sebastian Cichocki. Photo: Rafał Milach

Sebastian Cichocki will curate the next EVA International, Ireland’s biennial exhibition. The Polish curator intimated that his exhibition will take the climate emergency and ecology as its subject matter: ‘We are facing the irreversibility of climate crisis and its morbid consequences: fossil fuel wars, mass migration, energy terrorism, loss of biodiversity, and a general deficit of hope for the future.’

‘I believe that EVA should be a component of a larger mobilisation of art thinkers and practitioners, exploring different ways of living and working together, offering an alternative to doubt and the sense that it is already too late to do anything. There is an urgency to experiment with models of facilitating and exhibiting artistic phenomena that cannot be easily maintained by traditional exhibition practice or site-specific commissioned art.’

Cichocki is currently the chief curator and head of research at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and has twice previously organised the country’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, featuring Monika Sosnowska in 2007 and Yael Bartana in 2011. Recent shows include Who Will Write the History of Tears: Artists on Women’s Rights (2021) and The Penumbral Age: Art in the Times of Planetary Crisis (2020).

First staged in 1977, the fortieth edition of EVA International opens in Limerick in August 2023.

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