l’étrangère is delighted to announce What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?, an exhibition of three artists who each respond to pressing ecological concerns, including anthropogenic climate change, the catastrophic impact of our reliance on concrete, and the over-production of waste through consumerism and industrial capitalism.
What branches grow out of this stony rubbish? includes paintings made of found soil and wood ash; sculpture formed from recycled household garbage; and photographic documentation of a micro-rewilding project situated in a defunct 1930s transformer station on the outskirts of Wrocław, Poland. Together, the works in the exhibition form a multivalent critique of the conceptual and material legacy of Modernism that is at the same time oriented towards a range of imagined futures.
This is the first time that these artists, Yelena Popova, Joanna Rajkowska, and Jan Eric Visser, have exhibited together. None of the works have been shown in the UK before.