Oily Stories: Those Planktons

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


How does one tell decolonising stories of oil? How do we re-connect to an environment from which we have been alienated by a long history of colonisation? How does one re-exist beyond colonial logic?

In this exhibition, I tell the stories of oil through the lives of plankton. Plankton are not only the origin of life; due to their complicity in the production of oil and the high dependency on petroleum in modern life, they are also the origin of extinction, of environmental crisis, of wars and conflicts. This exhibition wants to tell stories of plankton in order to reconcile with them and to find a way to re-exist beyond the colonial logic of modernity.

The stories are specifically situated in Musa Bay in the Persian Gulf, which is an important geopolitical spot in the production and logistics of Iranian oil, as well as one of the most polluted seas in the world due to the oil industry. Through an imaginary and fictional account rooted in local myths and folklore, as well as in relevant scientific processes and devices, plankton are tasked with reconnecting us to the context and its ecologies. As a work in progress, this exhibition is the first attempt to coax out the minor elements of oil and make them tell the stories.
Period9 Apr 202123 Apr 2021
Event typeExhibition
LocationStockholm, SwedenShow on map