The Kalpana at Kunstverein Freiburg

Artists: The Kalpana (Goutam Ghosh, Susanne M. Winterling, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay)

Exhibition title: In desert times

Curated by: Heinrich Dietz, Antonia Lotz

Venue: Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Date: May 30 – July 12, 2020

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Kunstverein Freiburg

Note: Press release is available here

Against the backdrop of climate change and increasingly expansive desertification, The Kalpana collective examines the desert as a site of future visions and science fiction imaginaries. In the Kunstverein Freiburg The Kalpana constructs the map of a desert planet as a large-scale installation. Scenes that imagine survival strategies on desert planets are no longer purely science fiction; whilst earth turns to dust, some governments and corporations dream of colonising Mars. The Kalpana’s interdisciplinary research thus begins with a simple question: why does the imagination turn to another desert planet as a site of escape, when we are hurtling towards the desert of our own? The collective encourages us to stretch our imaginations and think in a transformative mode, beyond doomsday scenarios, visualising futures worth living. Kunstverein Freiburg is presenting the first institutional exhibition of The Kalpana consisting of artists Goutam Ghosh and Susanne M. Winterling, and science fictionist Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. The exhibition is curated by Heinrich Dietz and Antonia Lotz.

Susanne M. Winterling, saltline, eastwind on the desert, 2019, Courtesy The Kalpana

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment; Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Seven plates, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

The Kalpana, In desert times, Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment; Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Seven plates, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment; Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Seven plates, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Seven plates, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Seven plates, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, the shape of the tor-toise / embankment, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, Shape shifting dog, 2019, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Majāzi, Alumunium fog, Silver ring, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Goutam Ghosh / The Kalpana, Grand day, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

CCCFr, Augmented Reality Sandbox, 2020, placed at the dis-posal and installed from Chaos Computer Club Freiburg, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

The Kalpana, In desert times, Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling / The Kalpana, plants re alchemists, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

The Kalpana, In desert times, Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg, Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Susanne M. Winterling, shape shifting dog, 2019, CGI, 4:12 min., Courtesy the artist

Susanne M. Winterling, Camelnose, 2020, CGI, 2:32 min., Courtesy the artist