ELLIE NEW

curator . writer . producer
Aida Muluneh, Knowing the way to tomorrow, 2018. Archival Digital Print, 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 in. https://www.bjp-online.com/Aida Muluneh, Knowing the way to tomorrow, 2018. Archival Digital Print, 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 in. https://www.bjp-online.com/


KNOWING THE WAY TO TOMORROW

[EXHIBITION PROSPECTUS, MAY 2020]


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.

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

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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.

– Ellie New, Curator