Maja and Reuben Fowkes were invited by the organisers of the excellent Shifting Ground Conference in County Clare to curate a film screening dealing with issues of sustainability in a rural context.
Responding to the broad dilemma of ‘how to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ has implications for artistic practice both in terms of formal approach and subject matter. The transformation of society into a more sustainable one entails putting into practice the principles of ecology, grassroots democracy, social justice and non-violence.
Sustainable Visions presents films that deal with changes in rural economies, the position of the other in closed communities, the contemporary desire to reconnect with old knowledge, and the possibilities of non-violent artistic intervention in the rural environment. The programme will include Goran Dević’s Imported Crows (2004), Csaba Nemes’s Africa Day (2006), Beata Veszely’s On the Way to Heaven (2006), Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s Fire (2006) and Denis Krašković’s Strabat Mater (2006).