The publicly accessible exhibition consists of a series of panels that feature questions and images illustrating rural transformations of different kinds – from the Siberian Permafrost to high-tech Dutch greenhouses. In anticipation of the United Nations Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the panels focus on topics such as agricultural innovation, ecological change, food production and security.
Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, curators: “Countryside at the United Nations is a condensed version of the research presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, re-interpreting the results of the investigation and the goal of the show. What if the next revolution were happening in the countryside? Amid a global pandemic that propelled the world to rethink the way it functions, can Countryside’s questions prompt reflection and action inside one of the world’s most important international organizations?”
Yoka Brandt, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations: “I admire the creative and investigative way in which the AMO team triggers a public discussion about issues that are important to all of us such as ecological change, food security and agricultural innovation. In this way, it makes sure the conversation on the future of food continues, also outside the gates of the United Nations.”
Countryside at the United Nations is curated by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, director of AMO, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations. The exhibition runs until July 29th, 2021.
On July 1, 2021 at 2pm CET, The Economist will air a public panel on the future of food production with Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal in conversation with Essa Al-Ghurair (Founder and Chairman of Essa Al-Ghurair Investment), Louise Fresco (President of the Executive board of University of Wageningen), and Carola Schouten (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture of The Netherlands), as part of the Global Trade Virtual Week.