ART x ENVIRONMENT x CURATORIAL PRACTICE



2020-2021

Ongoing Curatorial Research



In my final semester at NYU Gallatin, I received the Dean’s Award for Graduating Seniors to fund my ongoing research into the intersections of art, environmental action, and curatorial practice.

In addition to the various iterations and forms this research has taken over the past year+, this grant supports the creation of a digital publication on this work (TBA Fall 2021).

This work is also taking shape through the support of The Gallatin Galleries and WetLab (NYU).


Iterations


April  2021
Refractions of a Present Future: young artists on environmental ruptures
Co-curated with Jasmine Buckley & Troy Gibbs-Brown
Digital Exhibition • The Gallatin Galleries, NYU

March 2021
Press Your Ear to the Wind: a virtual stage for artist “duets” that unearth the complexities of climate crises through artworks, conversation, and questioning
Virtual Event Series • The Gallatin Galleries, NYU
May 2020
Knowing the Way to Tomorrow (Exhibition Prospectus)
Senior Project • Mentored by Prof. Grace Aneiza Ali, NYU




KNOWING THE WAY TO TOMORROW (EXHIBITION PROSPECTUS)

Knowing the Way to Tomorrow is a digital curatorial research project and exhibition prospectus that I curated as a Senior Project at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Spring 2020 under the mentorship of Professor and curator Grace Aneiza Ali. The project was awarded honors by the Gallatin Senior Project Committee faculty.


ARTISTS

Rebecca Belmore [Anishinaabe]

Vibha Galhotra [India]

Deborah Jack [Saint Martin/Netherlands]

Aida Muluneh [Ethiopia]

Cecilia Vicuña [Chile]





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CURATOR’S INTRODUCTION [EXCERPT]

The five women artists of Knowing the Way to Tomorrow reveal the intricate social, political, and economic contexts that have situated some communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis while for others its immediacy has yet to be felt. Through photography, sculpture, film, and performance, each of their projects engages with three main elements: water, embodiment, and practices of spirituality, tradition, or ritual.

Highlighting women’s power, knowledge, and resilience within experiences of scarcity, pollution, colonization, and environmental violence, they remind us of the inherent connections between our bodies and nature and of the transformative effects of women’s work as leaders on the frontlines of climate activism.

These women artists and their works activate our power to imagine futures in which we thrive—in which we alter the cycles of domination and industry which have created an over-extracted, polluted, conquered world. They make visible the possibility that crisis and its chaos are generative spaces that don’t just invite but insist that we question their founding conditions. Using color, texture, site-specific responses, and their own bodies to unsettle dominant narratives, they inhabit the myriad effects of environmental destabilization. As they examine these intricacies, they create pathways for viewers to connect more deeply with the impacts of climate crises on women’s lives around the world.





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