Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground
You can see a turquoise world map with Critical Zones written in red.
Traveling exhibition 2022/2023
Fri, October 28, 2022 – Sat, March 09, 2024

»Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics«, was conceived and exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020–2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, together with Martin Guinard, Bettina Korintenberg and Daria Mille.

For the Goethe-Institut South Asia, a travelling adaption of Critical Zones titled »Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground« is co-produced by the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and the Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. It shows a selection of artistic positions and is complemented by further works from Indian and Sri Lankan artists.

The South Asia tour of the exhibition will begin in Mumbai on October 28, 2022. Further in association with the respective Goethe-Instituts, »Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground« will be exhibited in Colombo (opening on November 10) and Pune (opening on November 18) in 2022, followed by Kolkata (opening on February 16) in 2023, New Delhi (opening on February 3) and Bangalore (opening on February 16) in 2024.

Stations of the traveling exhibition



October 28, 2022
– December 18, 2022 

Mumbai | Gallery MMB

November 10, 2022

– November 27, 2022

Colombo | JDA Perera Gallery

November 18, 2022

– December 18, 2022

Pune | Zapurza Museum of Art & Culture

February 16, 2023
– April 02, 2023

Kolkata | Indian Museum

February 03, 2024
– March 09, 2024

New Delhi | Goethe-Institut

February 16, 2024
– March 17, 2024

Bangalore | Science Gallery Bengaluru

»Activation Programme« Brochure

You can find more information about the exhibition in Kolkata.

Legal Notice/Colophon

Curatorial project management: Mira Hirtz, Jessica Menger, Daria Mille, Amruta Nemivant
Curators: Mira Hirtz (Mumbai, Colombo, Pune, Delhi), Daria Mille (Mumbai), Lena Reitschuster (Kolkata)
Activation program: Mira Hirtz, Francesca Romana Audretsch, Lena Reitschuster, initiatives and practitioners from Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore
Director of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai: Björn Ketels
Graphic design: (Stefanie Rau, Robert Preusse)
Many thanks to: Janine BurgerMartin GuinardAlexandra HermannBarbara Zoé Kiolbassa, Bettina Korintenberg, Christian LölkesPhilipp Ziegler

Accompanying program

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