The performance and the workshops of Basurama Collective and Ida-Marie Corell

                                                  PLASTIC HAS NO FRONTIERS

Basurama and Ida-Marie Corell are cooperating together for a dress-installation performance. 

The work deals with ​Sustainable Development Goal 16*​ and its connection to our global mass consumerism, our "plastic behaviour”, its effects on the loss of our individuality and tradition and its occurring global opposites movements such as cheap mass tourism and refugees. 

We would like to ​invite the nearby living refugees​ to tell us their stories connected to plastic bags. 

The plastic bag represents our global mass and spontaneous consumer society. While the global mass tourists and consumerist are still carrying plastic bags as trophies - ​plastic bags are the only and cheapest means of transportation for refugees​ crossing borders and the sea, carrying their last remaining personal goods. 

Whether blessing or curse, cult or trash, loved or frowned upon, the plastic bag polarises and reflects our global consumer behaviour through its fleeting use and its ubiquity. While it is collected, on the one hand, strengthening status, creating an identity and cultural history, on the other hand, it has a destructive impact on aesthetics, culture and on animals, nature, and the environment. 


*Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions 

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed. High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance. ( sustainable-development-goals/goal-16-peace-justice-and-strong-institutions.html) 20 Every minute, nearly 20 people are displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. At the end of 2016, the total number of forcibly displaced persons was 65.6 million. 

10 million  There are also 10 million stateless people around the world who have been denied a nationality and related rights. ( peace-justice-andstrong-institutions.html) 


Basurama​ is an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It was born in the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) in the year 2001 and, since then, it has evolved and acquired new shapes. Our aim is to study those phenomena inherent in the massive production of real and virtual trash in the consumer society, providing different points of view on the subject that might generate new thoughts and attitudes. We find gaps in these processes of production and consumption that not only raise questions about the way we manage our resources but also about the way we think, we work, we perceive reality. 

Far from trying to offer a single manifest to be used as a manual, Basurama has compiled a series of multiform opinions and projects, not necessarily resembling each other, which explore different areas related to trash. We try to establish subtle connections between them so that they may give rise to unexpected reactions. We are not worried about its lack of unity; moreover, we believe it as evocative and potentially subversive values. Besides the visual arts in all its formats 





During the Belgrade International Week of Architecture (BINA), artist Ida-Marie Corell and collective Basurama will produce an „urban“ dress out of plastic bags, which will be worn by the artist during the Night of the Museums, on May 18th from 4 pm in front of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

This dress will be partially made in collaboration with local volunteers who wish to participate in the workshop, together with a group of refugees who reside in Belgrade at the moment.



The first workshop will be held on May 16th from 10 am to 2 pm in the Cultural Centre Magacin (Kraljevića Marka 4-8).

The second workshop will be held on May 17th from 10 am to 12 pm in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade together with the students of primary school “Jajinci” from Belgrade.

The final result will be a large dress of approximate dimensions of 20x 20 meters, made in white and blue colors (United Nations colors).

To participate in the workshop it is not necessary to have any previous skills, since the task itself is quite simple. The important thing is to want to participate in the project and share time with other people.

It is not a compulsory condition to participate in the workshop, but it will be appreciated if the participants bring white and blue plastic bags to the workshop. There is no problem in that they are a bit broken or that they have some type of drawing or logo.

The main working language during the workshop will be English, although German and Spanish can be managed too.



The workshop directors

Ida-Marie Corell (Austria) is an artist, musical poet/performer, thinker and researcher, working at the intersection of art, sound, music and art and knowledge transfer in the fields of slow culture, analogue art, sustainability and feminine and masculine balance.

Manuel Polanco (Spain) is a member and founder of Basurama, an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings.


For participation in the workshop please send your name and phone number on

The performance is supported by: 

        Kolektiv arhitekata, Drinčićeva 20, Beograd, Srbija

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