Decolonizing Nature


Decolonizing Nature

Pop-up exhibition 

Curated by Lara Ester Goldmann & Chloë Courtney

RECEPTION: Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 5-8pm
Public Walk-through: 5-6pm

516 ARTS presents Decolonizing Nature, a pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the environmental justice conference titled Decolonizing Nature: Resistence, Resilience, Revitalization. The exhibition focuses in on artists working in film, video, photography and printmaking, exploring different styles and approaches to environmental activism. 

The conference delves into recent advances in arts, architecture, humanities, religion and sciences, to address climate change and other anthropogenic crises that are rapidly degrading Earth’s life-sustaining ecological fabric. This gathering is an opportunity to discuss, debate and deliberate on building creative alliances for environmental conservation and sustainability for all living beings. 

Allora & Calzadilla (Puerto Rico)                  
Maria Thereza Alves (Brazil)                         
Michael Berman (USA)                                  
Virginia Colwell (Mexico)                               
Basia Irland (USA)
Carlos Maravilla Santos & Ehécatl Morales-Valdelamar (Mexico)
Dylan AT Miner (Wiisaakodewinini/ Métis)
Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala)

Conference: April 19-22, 2017
free & open to the public at multiple locations in Albuquerque
Link to conference website here.

This project is organized by Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and Professor of UNM Land Arts and the Art & Ecology programs in the College of Fine Arts. It is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council, and the UNM Center for Regional Studies.

Image above: Carlos Maravilla Santos, Semilla y sembrador, Chapin & low-fire ceramics, 2016

Image Gallery

  • Carlos Maravilla Santos (Mexico), Semilla y sembrador, 2016, Chapin & ceramics
  • Basia Irland, Fetching water from the Narmada River at dawn, 2004, photograph
  • Maleny Cedillo Inclan, Carlos Maravilla, Ehecatl Morales Valdelamar, Haciendo Chinampa, photograph
  • Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala), Expoliada, 2011, threads dyed yellow & paddles
  • Michael Berman, Pope on TV
  • Dylan Miner (Wiisaakodewinini Metis, Michigan), No Pipelines in the Great Lakes