Future Ecologies – The Isle of Thorns

The Isle of Thorns is the Albanian iteration of FUTURE ECOLOGIES, a programme from WE ARE HERE: Artists’ Moving Images from the British Council Collection and LUX.

The exhibition imagines an alternative reality for the Island of Sazan − once a forbidden island and today a partly forgotten destination with an uncharted future, and explores themes as seen in artworks by five UK artists and artworks by five artists from Albania and Kosovo. Presented together in dialogue, the artworks present FUTURE ECOLOGIES as a manifesto for the semi-fictional, symbolic transformation of the Island of Sazan.

The artworks explore overdue and yet ever-pressing topics such as the environment, ecologies and cosmologies, climate change, the Anthropocene, colonisation and extractive industries, gentrification, urban futures and sustainability.