Basurama and Ida-Marie Corell are cooperating together for a dress-installation performance. The work deals with Sustainable Development Goal 16* and its connection to our global mass consumerism, our "plastic behaviour”, its effects on the loss of our individuality and tradition and its accruing global opposites movements such as cheap mass tourism and refugees.
We would like to invite the nearby living refugees to tell us their stories connected to plastic bags.
The plastic bag represents our global mass and spontaneous consumer society. While the global mass tourists and consumerist are still carrying plastic bags as trophies - plastic bags are the only and cheapest means of transportation for refugees crossing borders and the sea, carrying their last remaining personal goods.
Whether blessing or curse, cult or trash, loved or frowned upon, the plastic bag polarises and reflects our global consumer behaviour through its fleeting use and its ubiquity. While it is collected on the one hand, strengthening status, creating identity and cultural history, on the other hand, it has a destructive impact on aesthetics, culture and on animals, nature, and the environment.
*Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions. Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed. High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk. The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing.
Basurama is an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It was born in the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) in the year 2001 and, since then, it has evolved and acquired new shapes. Their aim is to study those phenomena inherent in the massive production of real and virtual trash in the consumer society, providing different points of view on the subject that might generate new thoughts and attitudes.
Ida-Marie Corell is an artist, musical poet/performer, researcher and synaesthetic philosopher, working at the intersection of music, sound, art and knowledge transfer in the fields of slow culture, sustainability, activism for mass media free music, art, clothing and feminine and masculine balance.