November 7-December 8, 2019
Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo
New Unions is an artistic and political campaign that departs from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crisis of Europe with the aim of assembling representatives of transdemocratic movements and organizations to propose scenarios for new future unions.
New Unions considers the crisis of Europe simultaneously as a crisis of the imagination, and as such rejects both ultranationalist parties that demand separation from the European Union and seek to return to a mythical notion of the nation-state, as well as the political-economical functionary elite that has used the EU for its austerity politics. Instead, New Unions argues for the need for third, fourth, fifth options in the form of alternative scenarios for transnational unionization.
In this overview exhibition, various works of the campaign are gathered: from the large floor mapping of emancipatory political organizations on the European continent to speculative flags and models for alternative parliaments in abandoned stadiums and oil rigs. The exhibition was used for various assemblies programmed by Transeuropa, turning the space into an artistic model of a new campaign headquarters.
Jonas Staal (artist), European Alternatives (programmer), Paul Kuipers (architect), Remco van Bladel (graphic designer), Esther Block (researcher), Younes Bouadi and Nadine Gouders (production and coordination Studio Jonas Staal)
Transeuropa / BAM-Mediterranean Archipelago Biennial