Decolonizing Nature



April 15 – 29, 2017 

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

The conference delved 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 was an opportunity to discuss, debate and deliberate on building creative alliances for environmental conservation and sustainability for all living beings.  This exhibition was curated by Chlöe Courtney & Lara Esther Goldmann.

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