Museum of the Commons

Museum of the Commons

A gathering to launch Museum of the Commons, Warsaw, 2023. Photograph: Marta Ejsmont, MSN, Warsaw, Poland

Museo de los Comunes. Towards a Healthier Arts Ecosystem

Museum of the Commons is a four-year project running from 2023 to 2026 and centres on three main focal points: the climate emergency, decolonial perspectives and situated institutionalism

The first strand addresses issues around the current global climate crisis, the sustainability of institutional, artistic and cultural practices and processes and the urgent need to transform our policies, societies, cultures and ways of life to move towards more ecologically sustainable models. 

The second work line is centred on decolonial perspectives, zooming in on the pivotal role of local history in building identities, policies, societies and contemporary cultures to investigate the persistence and long-term impact of environmental and colonial, historical and present-day violence.

Finally, the third focal point is aligned towards reflecting on the role of art museums and organisations as agents in social networks and complex ecosystems in order to look for new forms of democratising institutions and making them more open, inclusive and useful. 

Via this programme, L'Internationale seeks to mobilise art and culture as strategic tools in processes to heal, reconstruct and socially repair the damage done. These three work lines will serve as a guide to the content explored in the Museum of the Commons activities, ranging from exhibitions to nomad schools, artists’ residences and community workshops, and will explore contemporary models of sustainable cultural production and put forward frameworks for new forms of cultural co-creation, contributing to environmental, social and artistic transformation. 


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