Some people believe the Sun used to be yellow

Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Elena Damiani, Rowena Harris, Adrien Missika, Ana Vaz
14 December 2018 until 27 January 2019
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Accompanying events

14 December 2018, 7pm
Guided tour by curator Borbála Soós, artists Rowena Harris, Julia Crabtree and William Evans

16 January 2019, 6pm
Film screening: Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016)

25 January 2019, 6pm
Guided tour and lecture performance by Borbála Soós


When we look at a beautiful landscape it can hurt sometimes. Maybe we are afraid that it is the last time we are able to glance at it, trying to grasp it too hard… Or perhaps we know that it is actually already not real. 

The exhibition transplants us into a fictional landscape. It is a strange, yet familiar place, potentially of the future. Clearly dependent on human interaction, it is a result of complex forces, pre-determined by hybrid histories.

Territories are the relationship between human cohabitation, earth systems and material processes, unfolding in time and across space (1). In recent history the results of large-scale exploitation linked colonialism, reterritorialisation and restructuring made the relationship and our related histories fragmented and hard to recuperate. These combined with the pressures of capitalism and the needs of industrial production created a circulation of intensities that draw the number of possible outcomes to a shrinking number. With the effects of the ongoing climate change and a sense of a looming disaster of toxic pollution, we have to think about our future in the view of past mistakes. 

Take the idea of the ruin, it is something that used to belong to the past, yet increasingly it is becoming part of our future. Our epoch sets in motion reverberations and oscillations that scatter long-established boundaries and opens up a new set of divisions in time and space. Or as Rowena Harris put it in the title of her recent performance lecture: how to go forward if the future and past are not where you would normally find them?


1) John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Territorial Agency and Armin Linke. In: Posthuman Glossary, Ed by Rosi Braidotti & Maria Hlavajova, 2018.


Special thanks: Embassy of the Republic of Peru in Hungary, Patrick Urwyler

Supported by: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Káli Kövek

All installation shots by Dávid Bíró.