Climate Knowledges invites you to challenge today’s mainstream discourse surrounding climate change and to rethink its histories, presents and futures.

WARNING: due to the coronavirus this exhibition can not be visited physically for the time being. Click here for more information.

With: Annie Mackinnon (UK), Jessica El Mal (UK), Josèfa Ntjam (FR) and Regina Kanyu Wang (CN)

Programmed by: Angela Chan (UK)

Design: Alex Walker (UK)

Understandings about our climate have long-existed as embodied experiences and knowledges shared across generations. Together with three visual artists and one science fiction writer Climate Knowledges looks to the past to shape our futures, and we explore alternative ways to think about the truths of the climate crisis.

Through speculative ways of storytelling, from ancient mythologies to futuristic science fictions, we confront the colonial and patriarchal origins, and their exploitative processes, that produced the current climate crisis. Today, we still see the influences of these origins with the appropriation of race, class and gender politics in the mainstream climate debate. Only a reconciliation of these prejudiced histories of climate change can bring about just futures for people of colour.

With Climate Knowledges, the artists’ works collectively resist the injustices that contributed to and sustain climate change. We ask: ‘What constitutes knowledge about climate change?’, ‘Who is in control of producing and sharing information?’, ‘How does this information benefit or compromise marginalised groups?’ Ultimately, the exhibition reevaluates the climate crisis and questions how we got here, where we will be and, critically, who are included in this ‘we’.

The exhibition is programmed by Worm: art+ecology (, a long-term curatorial project by Angela Chan that focuses on communicating climate change through contemporary arts practices. As well as workshops and performances by the exhibiting artists, this exhibition establishes a Climate Visual Cultures Library with media from local climate activists.


This project is made possible by the International Visitors Programme of Het Nieuwe Instituut with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

29 February  / 14:00 – 16:00
Grounds for Concern
Creative research workshop on contested borders by Jessica El Mal.

7 March / 20:00 – 01:00
Opening: Climate Knowledges
During Museumnacht 010, with an additional programme by Team MAMA.

7 March / 23:00 – 04:00 @ Ballroom
Climate Knowledges Afterparty
Organised by Worm: art + ecology with London club night Rani.

3 May  / 15:00 – 17:00
Reflections on Making Practices
Workshop on  sustainable making manifestoes and practices by Annie Mackinnon.

3 May / 19:00 – 21:00
I am Nameless
A performance by Josèfa Ntjam.

Climate Activism Visual Culture Library
Discussions about Rotterdam’s first visual cultures library from the Netherlands’ climate activism.

About HOME

HOME is the leitmotiv by which we encourage conversation about conceptions regarding belonging, representation and identification. HOME is a fundament, the place you return to and anchorpoint for the journey onward. HOME (offline as well as online) is the start of feeling connect to others. Under the name HOME we also present exhibitions in the showroom of MAMA. In collaboration with young makers we express interpretations about HOME | IN REAL LIFE | NETWORKS.