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Jonas Staal & Radha D’Souza, ‘Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes’, 2021-2022

Outset Netherlands proudly supported the production of the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC), a collaboration between Indian academic, writer, lawyer and activist Radha D’Souza and Dutch artist Jonas Staal commissioned and developed by Framer Framed.

The project consists of a large-scale installation in the form of a tribunal that prosecutes intergenerational climate crimes. During the last week of October 2021 the CICC staged hearings as performance in which evidence was presented by prosecutors and witnesses against four corporations. The CICC provided evidence of past and present climate crimes by looking at their impact on the here and now, as well as on planetary life in the future. As such, the tribunal rejects the linear, individualised narratives that underlie the current legal system. As Radha D’Souza puts it: “putting the law on trial”. 

In addition to prosecutors, witnesses and the public, the tribunal consists of an ecology populated by extinct animals, plants and ammonite fossils. Each of them, in a different language, is referred to as “comrade”. These non-human ancestors are both evidence of past intergenerational climate crimes and witness to the collective effort of the CICC to contribute to intergenerational climate justice in the present and future.

With the CICC, Jonas Staal and Radha D’Souza created a peak into a different reality with a new legal system that gives a voice to the unheard. We are delighted to have contributed to this project that uses art as a vehicle for a radical way of rethinking how we relate to the world we live in. 

To read more about the documentation of the CICC click here.

On show from September 25, 2021 until January 16, 2022.