RESISTANCE AFTER NATURE SHOWCASES INSURGENT ENVIRONMENTAL ART AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE
HAVERFORD, Pa.— Responding to ongoing ecological crises, Resistance After Nature, a new exhibition at Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, gathers together contemporary and historic works of insurgent environmental art. Curated by artists and writers Kendra Sullivan and Dylan Gauthier, this exhibit collects the works of over a dozen artists and artist collectives who are imagining alternative approaches to such entangled ecological, political, and economic issues as Indigenous sovereignty and water rights, the fossil fuel economy, ocean acidification, global transport, mineral extraction, and deforestation.
The multimedia exhibit gathers sculptures, videos, photographs, installations, and workshops that assert that another world is possible: in fact, it is already here. Ursula Biemann's two-channel video installation “Forest Law” tells the story of a series of landmark legal cases, including one recent trial won by the Indigenous people of Sarayaku based on their cosmology of the living forest. Futurefarmers' ongoing “Seed Journey,” an actual voyage currently in progress on an 1895 wooden rescue sailboat, retraces backwards the routes of seeds and their cultures. The collective Postcommodity, who is currently featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, reflects on the ebb and flow of the real estate markets, the environment, and its actors through an Indigenous lens with the video installation "It’s My Second Home, But I have a Very Spiritual Connection With This Place." Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, winner of the 2016-2018 Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, will present the video “Time, Trade and Surplus Value,” which calls to mind forced migration as a result of climate change. Art collective MORE&MORE uses hand-grown mushroom statuary in the shape of the world’s most commonly exported products to force viewers to reconsider consumption and the unseen ways in which products are brought to us from across the seas. Cannupa Hanska Luger (who is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent and grew up in Standing Rock, ND) and the collective WINTER COUNT will show sculptural items and a video from their engagement with the #NODAPL direct struggle over water, land and Indigenous sovereignty.
“We are interested in the idea of an exhibition that also functions as a platform and a lever, a call to action and a means to act,” said Gauthier, one of the curators.
“We are hopeful the exhibition will give people in the community and at the College an opportunity to take part in this important work and push them to become more active in these ongoing movements,” added Sullivan, co-curator of the exhibition.
RESISTANCE AFTER NATURE will be on view March 17 through April 28 in Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. On Friday, March 17, to celebrate the show's opening, there will be a talk with the curators at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. There are also two public programs being held in the gallery in conjunction with the show: a workshop with artist Mary Mattingly, “Cobalt/The Objects,” on April 3, and “Investing in Futures” with MORE&MORE on April 13. For more details: exhibits.haverford.edu/resistanceafternature.
Participating artists include: Maria Thereza Alves, Ursula Biemann, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Futurefarmers, Helen and Newton Harrison, Marianne Heier, Haley Hughes, Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), Tanya Lukin Linklater, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Anne Lydiat and Chris Wainwright, Mary Mattingly, MORE&MORE (Surya Mattu, Sarah Rothberg, Marina Zurkow), Postcommodity, Brie Ruais, and WINTER COUNT.
Resistance After Nature is made possible with support from the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Hurford Center's 2016-17 Faculty Seminar “Environmental Design, Sustainability, and Artistic Intervention,” led by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Markus Baenziger and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Joshua Milton Moses.
Overseen by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, associate director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and campus exhibitions, at (610) 896-1287, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.haverford.edu/hcah/exhibitions-program/exhibits-and-programs.
Haverford College is located at 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa., 19041