Third Streaming is pleased to present “Planet of Slums,” an exhibition featuring the work of thirteen contemporary artists who reflect on the rapid changes in urban centers and the rise of megacities across the Global South. Taking its cue from Mike Davis’ book Planet of Slums, the exhibition presents an array of artistic responses to the unprecedented growth of urban populations in the last decades. As Davis points out, urban development and global economies increasingly produce stark levels of gentrification, poverty, environmental degradation, and highly toxic sites, among others. The aforementioned, according to Davis, are ultimately linked to global policies enforced by international financial organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank.
Displaying photography, film, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation works, “Planet of Slums” revolves around both the communal past and individual experiences. The works on display explore, document, and reflect on dilapidated buildings, industrial landscapes, wastelands, as well as the potentiality of public places. In the show, artworks that aim to raise awareness about industrial and natural disasters are seen alongside works that abstract urban histories. Some use documentary tropes to investigate the social and political impacts of man-made disasters, while others capture the fast-paced transformation of urban environments in order to engage the notions of memory, loss, decay, detritus, as well as alienation and vulnerability.
"Planet of Slums" seeks to observe the current urban, economic, and social concerns, and suggest artistic propositions to instigate conversations regarding the contemporary landscape, urbanization, social change, and their impacts on people. Film screenings presented jointly with the African Film Festival as well as a series of talks with the curators and invited scholars are scheduled to happen during the run of the show.