En diálogo con la mar
An exhibition about Art and Ocean preservation.
Museo de la Ciudad de Cuernavaca (MuCIC), Mexico, April, 2013
Participating Artists: Monika Bravo (Colombia/USA), Baptist Coelho (India), Donna Conlon (Panama), Mar Domínguez (Spain), Waldo Facco (Mexico), Chris Gentile (USA), Anita Glesta (USA), Rodrigo Imaz (Mexico), Katja Loher (Switzerland/USA), Pablo Angel Lugo Martínez (Mexico), Mikhail Karikis (Greece/USA), MOBRO (John Ellis & Andy Bragen)(USA), Uriel Orlow (Switzerland), Kerry Skarbakka (USA), Michael Wyshock (USA), Marina Zurkow (USA)
The exhibition EN DIÁLOGO CON LA MAR gathered original photographs by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and put them into dialogue with 16 international contemporary artists who reflected on Captain Cousteau’s idea of the conservation of the ocean through video, photography, drawing, performance, painting and contemporary jazz music. Knowledge reveals and inspires, it helps us to appreciate what exists and to establish a dialogue with existence. Cousteau showed us the submarina life, discovered magic worlds in times when the science of discovering the underwater world was extremely difficult.
He helped the human being to enter mentally into unknown oceanic environments in order to reveal the beauty and fragility of the underwater world. In Mexico, the exhibition attracted more than 15.000 visitors in only 4 weeks, a lot of the young people from local schools who were guided through the exhibition accompanied by short workshops regarding the conservation of nature.
Marina Zurkow, Poster Children, 2007
The concept of Paradise in this exhibition straddles the notions of myths about gender roles, and the hypothesis that the world is, by necessity, the only possible paradise that we can create and conserve. In nearly all societies, cultures, and religions, the woman stands for the creation of life, for nurturing and care-taking. And yet, despite these powerful, mythical attributes, women are not only suffering from social and economic inequalities but from the consequences of nature thrown out of balance.
ARTPORT_making waves invited artists from all over the world who engage in social justice and sustainability to create works that emphasize the correlation between these social and environmental imbalances. Exploring reasons and manifestations of the interdependences between gender roles and climate change, the artists’ works illustrate the effects of our behavior and propose innovative ways to recreate a new and more sustainable paradise. Various sub-themes of the gender and climate debate like mitigation, adaptation, financial incentives, and technological development are woven into the poetic, interpretative, narrative, and documentary approaches of the artists.
The artists examine the vulnerability and strength of women; the control, or lack thereof, by women over resources; the consequences of forced migration; illnesses affecting women; and the resilience of women as they face these difficulties in the context of climate change. An empowered image of the woman emerges, showing how her skills and knowledge can transform her life, so she can contribute to a more emancipated, sustainable, and future-oriented society.
A diverse range of techniques and media, including painting, video, performance, and interactive installation were applied in order to interpret, transform, and question scientific information and data through artistic means. ARTPORT_making waves took into consideration the effects on the environment and natural resources when realizing the exhibition. Many artworks were made of recycled or found material and were produced on location or with low carbon footprint such as video; all the equipment was re-used or recycled. When the exhibition was traveling, artists from the respective country of our exhibition partners were included.