Leader of a Peer Forum, January – August 2020, at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, UK in collaboration with Artquest
I was selected to lead a series of Peer Forum meetings engaging with the scientific work, collections and displays of the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The group is running a reading group, regular meetings with the Horniman curators. They discusses how each of their artistic practices relate to the ecologies of rewilding and what sort of ideas, forms and methodologies this might encompass, such as communal projects and projects in unusual locations; in collaboration with scientists and other researchers; and exercising practices of care...
Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape. The Word for World is Forest. Maria Thereza Alves, Petra Feriancová, Oto Hudec, Gerard Ortín, Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan, Petr Štembera, 11 June – 1 August 2020, tranzit, Bratislava, Slovakia
The underlying condition in which this exhibition and related events and online activities came about is a global emergency, one which is emerging out of an unfolding ecological crisis and can be attributed to the violent process of rampant deforestation, which constitutes a continuation of imperial methods of territorial control. This massive reshaping of the land, together with the shifting baselines regarding what kind of green deserts we are willing to accept as forests, might be seen as a symptom of our Anthropocene epoch. The show conjures up the ghosts of lost or near-extinct species, forests and sensations.
Rewilding Curatorial Practice, lecture for eremuak's Naturak symposium, 17-19 October 2019, hosted by Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
eremuak's symposium around the notion of Naturak is an attempt to avoid reducing the chosen thematic focus to a song about certain simplifying attitudes on the inherent complexity of relationships between the human and non-human, the living and the inert, the artificial and the supposedly natural. Hence it is relevant to provide the root term of this plurality (the –k in naturak, or the –s in naturalezas), which allows to address diversity that is more in line with the reality of the art world and all of the natures that it produces or faces.