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OPEN CALL

18.02.2023—21.02.2023

Open Call for studio visits with curator and writer
ABHIJAN TOTO
DEADLINE: 30-01-2023

A Tale of A Tub is proud to announce the exhibition proposal Itinerant Natures by guest curator Abhijan Toto. Toto will be visiting Rotterdam to conduct studio visits for his exhibition proposal between 18 to 21 February 2023. Artists who are based in Rotterdam and whose practice resonates with the statement below can request a studio visit by sending a brief motivation to info@a-tub.org. The deadline for the request is on 30-01-2023.

Abhijan Toto’s proposal seeks to operate as a site to continue ongoing conversations with three Rotterdam-based artists, having contributed to the Forest Curriculum: Gabi Dao (Unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations/Rotterdam); Fileona Dhkar (Khasi Hills/Rotterdam) and Gayatri Kodikal (Goa/Rotterdam), and to further expand these dialogues by including other local practitioners. Existing works and new commissions should conceptually think alongside the production of nature, narratives of extraction and material histories, and the impact of framed legacies of movement. In keeping with the decolonial ethos of the Forest Curriculum, collective curation practices will experiment with the exhibition as a site, through which artistic research may be accessed in a process of unfolding. The project will build from the different agents proposed by the artists through extant and commissioned bodies of work: the coconut tree, the ghost, the tiger, the mangrove, tobacco, natural gas, land, and unquiet earth. It will follow these points through moments of cohesion and break, across multiple layers and registers of history. The exhibition is bound to open on Saturday 1 July 2023 and will be on view until Sunday 27 August 2023.


ABHIJAN TOTO is a curator and writer, interested in ecosophy, indisciplinary research, labour and infrastructures, based between Berlin (Germany), Bangkok (Thailand), and Seoul (South Korea). In 2018, Toto with Pujita Guha began assembling the Forest Curriculum, a multi-platform project for research and mutual co-learning around the naturecultures of the forested belts of South and Southeast Asia. They were the Artistic Director of A House In Many Parts, a multi-disciplinary festival in Bangkok, supported by the Goethe-Institut and French Embassy, which they founded in 2020. Toto is part of the curatorial team at Shedhalle, Zurich (2022 - 25) and of Hosting Lands (with the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, Pujita Guha and Aziza Harmel) Denmark (2022- 25). They were also the curator, with Mari Spirito, of A Few In Many Places (2021), a platform for international collaboration and collective practice, conceived by Protocinema. They have previously worked with the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Bellas Artes Projects, Manila and Bataan, the Philippines; Council, Paris; and Asia Art Archive. They were awarded the 2019 Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi X, at the GAMeC, Bergamo.

Itinerant Natures is conceived in close collaboration with CBK Rotterdam. The exhibition is additionally supported by the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund.