Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes: Extinction Wars Gwangju Biennale 5 April – 30 July 2023

Framer Framed is delighted to present a new iteration of Radha D’Souza and Jonas Staal’s Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes, entitled Extinction Wars, at the Netherlands Pavilion of the 14th Gwangju Biennale, between 5 April and 30 July 2023 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes: Extinction Wars

Presented by Framer Framed as the Netherlands pavilion in the Gwangju Museum of Art at the 14th Gwangju Biennale, D’Souza and Staal have created a new iteration of the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC) on the subject of ‘Extinction Wars’. Against the backdrop of ongoing wars in Korea, Southeast Asia, and internationally, the very existence of the military-industrial complex itself, the artists argue, should be considered a climate crime.

The Court will be open for general visitation between April 5 and July 30, 2023. On April 7, 8, 9 you can join public hearings at the CICC to listen to prosecutors and witnesses from various social movements and activist organisations testify to the role of states and corporations in perpetuating climate war crimes, specifically in the context of Korea.

Presented at the Gwangju Biennale Pavilion, Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes: Extinction Wars highlights the role of the military-industrial complex in climate crimes, arguing that the very existence of the fossil fuelled military-industrial complex is an ecocidal crime against natures and peoples. Wars have devastating multigenerational impact on human communities, but equally on the complex ecosystems that sustain them. And climate catastrophe should itself be considered a war crime: an extinction war waged against living worlds.

Writer, academic, lawyer, and activist Radha D’Souza and artist and propaganda researcher Jonas Staal are the co-founders of the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC): an alternative tribunal that prosecutes states and corporations for their complicity in climate crimes past, present and future. Based on D’Souza’s book, What’s Wrong With Rights? (2018) the first iteration of the CICC was co-produced and commissioned by Framer Framed and took place in Amsterdam, with public hearings in which the Dutch State and transnational corporations registered in the Netherlands, such as Unilever, ING and Airbus, were tried for committing climate crimes. Prosecutors and witnesses provided evidence of their wrongdoing. The public acted as jury and was tasked with passing a verdict based on the Intergenerational Climate Crimes Act: the legal foundation of the CICC.

Curator & Researcher
Juhyun Cho (조주현)

Radha D’Souza (라다 드수자)
Jonas Staal (요나스 스탈)

Gwangju Biennale Pavilion

The Gwangju Biennale Pavilion will take place alongside the Gwangju Biennale’s main exhibition, soft and weak like water, with the nine participating cultural organisations working on their exhibitions in cooperation with pre-allocated culture and art institution counterparts in the Gwangju area.

Initiated in 2018, the Pavilion involves exhibitions from prominent international cultural organisations to break down borders between different art environments and communicate a message unique to the city of Gwangju. With three organisations represented at the 12th Gwangju Biennale in 2018 and two at the 13th Gwangju Biennale in 2021, this year’s Pavilion will be the largest yet, with arts and culture organisations from nine different countries. The Netherlands Pavilion will be held at the Gwangju Museum of Art.

Gwangju Museum of Art
52 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu
Gwangju, South Korea

광주광역시 북구 하서로 52 (운암동)

Opening Times
April 5 and July 30, 2023
Weekdays, Weekends, Holidays: 10:00 – 18:00h
Closed: Every Monday, 1st January, Korean Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year’s Day.

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