Curated by Gilberto Gonzalez and Silvia Navarro, Santa Cruz
TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
2 July – 26 September 2021
Just as there is a project of modernity, there is a project of nature. The garden is a space for the sublimation of our complex reveries of power. A construct of control, a metaphor of our species that, immersed in a founding self, shapes cosmologies of the natural.
Nature does not exist, the garden exists, a historical fiction constructed in the image and likeness of our desires. Species hybridized, grafted, displaced, tortured and crossed, subjected to water stress or lack of light in order to obtain those fruits that satisfy our senses. The representation of the garden is, in the history of art, a space that debates between the disturbing and the desire for balance. We want to think of it here as conflict and paradox. An image of total otherness, an explanation of the pathological human-nature relationship linked to processes of domination both over the biophysical environment and over other human beings. In the face of nature conceived as a thought of power, denaturalization.
Artists: Marinella Pirelli, Yosi Negrín, Andrea Carrillo, Martin Llavaneras, Jonas Mekas, Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, Álvaro Urbano, Martin Howse, Anónimas, Cristóbal Tabares and Michal Baror.
From the press release of TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes.