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Art Exhibition, Tue 15 Jan - Sat 16 Feb 2019, free entry

Still image from Regina José Galindo, Raíz, 2015.

Still image from Regina José Galindo, Raíz, 2015.


The earth beneath our feet is anything but dormant, inert matter. Host to a vibrant tangle of the vegetable, bacterial and animal beings, it is literally the grounds for human and non-human life. Yet today we are confronted by the catastrophic impacts of five centuries of extractive industries considered to have birthed the Anthropocene - an era of unprecedented change to the environment generated by human activity. This exhibition seeks to open our senses to the earth’s pulsing presence drawing on artworks from the University of Essex’s collection of art from Latin America (ESCALA). Addressing indigenous cosmologies, colonial histories of botanical and mineral extraction, and contact zones between human and non-human bodies, these works revisit the historical grounds on which human life has unfolded to pose questions about the conditions for our collective futures. The exhibition includes works by artists from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Argentina, including Alberto Baraya, Mónica Bengoa, Fernando Cruz, Regina José Galindo, Graciela Iturbide, Alejandro Jaime, Sonia Labouriau, Teresa Pereda, Nancy La Rosa Cynthia Soto, and Warmi. In 2019, The University of Essex celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of ESCALA through a programme of exhibitions, an artist’s residency and an internationally significant symposium. This ambitious programme is curated by Dr Lisa Blackmore, lecturer in Art History from the School of Philosophy and Art History and working with ESCALA’s founding co-directors Professor Dawn Ades and Professor Valerie Fraser and the collection’s newly appointed curator, Dr Sarah Demelo. Our 25th anniversary programme has been made possible through the support of the Elephant Trust and the Society for Latin American Studies.

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Tue 15 Jan - Sat 16 Feb 2019


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University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,


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