2022 25 May  to  4 Sep
It’s Our F***ing Backyard - Designing Material Futures

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 25 May - 4 September 2022

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam spotlights the greatest challenge of our time: the climate crisis. The exhibition It’s Our F⋆⋆⋆ing Backyard shows that designers can make a compelling difference: through innovative experiments or by drawing on local knowledge, they invite us to look at materials in a radically new way and offer us design that is both responsible and aesthetic, comfortable and accessible. Eighty selected projects by designers and companies from all over the world shed light on an array of strategies that explore innovative uses of materials. The exhibition also looks at how soil depletion relates to practices of colonialism, which are still continued by some multinationals.

Rein Wolfs, director Stedelijk Museum: “Designers are increasingly drawing on their creativity to address social, political and environmental issues. Their innovative approaches encourage us to rethink ways of using materials so that we reduce our impact on the planet—designers look beyond current technology, and show us ways in which we can produce and consume better and pollute less. This exhibition intends to make design at the cutting edge of ecology and innovation widely accessible. By doing so, we want to look at how the Stedelijk could support meaningful climate action, highlight the crucial role that design can play in our society and help towards making deep, transformative changes. For us, as an institution, it also represents an ongoing and renewed call to action; like every organisation, we are also addressing ways to reduce our own carbon footprint.”

Exhibition curators Amanda Pinatih, design curator, and Ingeborg de Roode, industrial design curator: “The first global climate strike in 2018 reflected a growing awareness that we need to change our way of life. After small-scale initiatives at the end of the last century, more and more is happening in the world of design. This exhibition shows how, through creative practices, makers and manufacturers can provide a host of new possibilities, and how consumers can play their part through the choices they make. Climate change concerns us all—it’s happening in own backyard.”

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