International collective of artists and permaculture educators present:
Visions for the transformation of our food system.
|The global context of The Supermarket Museum web-doc|
Food is one of the most important needs for every human being. The upcoming food crisis is not a fiction. Today’s dominant model of industrial agriculture creates dangerously fragile societies and ecosystems. It is focused on elimination of farmers, globalization of the countryside and its transformation into global food factories. Yet its accumulated negative effects causing the exhaustion of natural resources remain disconcertingly imperceptible to significant parts of society.
We need solutions that enable producing and enjoying healthier food, living in harmony with nature and its rhythm, and healing the planet so it can heal us in turn. The COVID-19 pandemic, mass migration, and the climate crisis are showing, like never before, that we have to look for new solutions as well as give voice to those that already exist. Worldwide, new initiatives that operate on the borders of the mainstream or in niches are pioneering the way to attune a new, more sensible and ecologically informed societal DNA to the biosphere of our planet.
The Supermarket Museum and Edible City Warsaw are the fruits of the intersecting collaboration between two entities: Biennale Warszawa and Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation. We propose two different reflections on how we can recover independency from big food industry and how we can develop and support urban agriculture and gardening, local food initiatives and existing farmers that appreciate regenerative and ecological principles. Small visions matter. The work of weaving our creative imaginations has the potential to redirect “growth” towards non-material,non-destructive and not profit-driven paths. Let’s act on it now.
Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation was awarded with a grant from the Culture of Solidarity Fund. The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that reinforce solidarity and deal with the aftermaths of the pandemic for European societies. The second round looked to re-unite Europe and its people in solidarity through supporting local cultural players in building alliances across nations, borders and differences with a broader European idea in mind. The projects range from Europe-wide campaigns on the topic of European solidarity, to grants that support groups who are most severely affected by legislative or financial adversities during the pandemic, and from proposals on greening the future of our continent to projects revealing untold histories of Europeans.
The Supermarket Museum. Living together within limits.
Arts & permaculture collaboration / Agro-Perma-Lab 2021
We have just begun a new partnership, within the project “The Supermarket Museum”. The project is an international collaboration of permaculture and agroecology networks, artists and volunteers. 5 organisations take part in the project: Asociación La Bolina from Spain, Permaculture in Ukraine, Lebende Samen – Living Seeds from Germany, Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ from Czech Republic and the coordinating organization – Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation from Poland.
The project aims at answering the question: “how can we live TOGETHER within given limits?” The group of artists, agroecology and permaculture leaders, and volunteers will create an online audio-visual exhibition “The Supermarket Museum”. The first “path” in the museum subversively explores and artistically interprets the “supermarket culture”: its convenience-, monoculture- & profit- driven modus operandi that wipes out social, economic and ecological solidarity values. Opposing this dominant culture, the second “path” of the museum describes existent successful alternatives – those based on food sovereignty and solidarity.
What is the idea behind The Supermarket Museum?
The project will reinforce the notion of Europe as a shared public space, space for food sovereignty which is local, but based on universal values of human rights about access to healthy food and using our Earth’s resources wisely. By re-imagining local food systems, the project will address the lack of solidarity in supermarket workers rights, the disappearance of local food growers, and the huge climate footprint of long-chain distribution.
The supermarket food system and its cultural, economical and ecological implications is dangerously fragile and based on the set of values very far away from solidarity:
– its underlying values of profit-making, not respecting local communities, not respecting cultural and biological diversity,
– the supermarket model destroys small farms, monopolizes local food systems and does not respect dignity of workers, also frequently avoids paying taxes,
– long-chain food production, distribution and waste issues damage ecologies and health.
The proejct is coordinated by Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation. 4 European permaculture organisations collaborate as part of The Supermarket Museum project financed by the Culture of Solidarity Fund:
Asociación La Bolina from Spain,
Permakultura na Ukrainie, from Ukraine
Lebende Samen, Living Seeds from Germany,
Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ from Czech Republic
Partners of the International Permaculture Educators’ Forum: Warsaw Biennale, Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation, National centre for Climate Change as well as Nyéléni Polska – Food Sovereignty Network in Poland.
Forum financed by the Capital City of Warsaw (m.st. Warszawa).
If you have any questions about the project or you are interested in taking part, write to us.