Traveling exhibition and event series
Curated by Ryan Griffis
The Earth Will Not Abide is a traveling exhibition and program initiated by Ryan Griffis and Lorelei Stewart (Director, Gallery 400, UIC) that poses questions about the ecological and social viability of industrial agriculture and extractive land use. The artistic projects, spanning video, cartography, painting, and installation, comprise an investigation of and aesthetic response to the dramatic transformation of regions in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and China over the last three decades. All of these landscapes are currently being re-engineered to support a rural economy based on corporate labs, monocultures and giant machines. Focusing on the continuing shifts in land use, biological diversity, and social structure wrought by extractive agriculture, The Earth Will Not Abide takes up the tools of political ecology to visualize and critique the industrial food system, while turning hungry eyes toward more desirable futures.
Core participating artists (Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Brian Holmes and Alejandro Meitin, Sarah Lewison and duskin drum, and Claire Pentecost) are joined by additional local artists and organizations working in the places where the exhibition is held through the inclusion of additional artworks and event-based programming.
Funding and support was provided by: grants from Humanities Without Walls and The College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Gallery 400 (UIC); The Pacific Northwest College of Art; Southern Illinois University; Casa Río Lab; Parque de España Cultural Center in Rosario
Images above: Exhibition documentation from Gallery 400; Southern Illinois University Museum, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (PNCA); Parque de España Cultural Center.
- Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, April 20 – June 10, 2017.
[reviewed by Stephen Eisenman for New City]
[included in review of Open Engagement by Dan Gunn for Chicago Artist Writers]
- Southern Illinois University Museum – Cardondale, September 7 – October 12, 2018.
[reviewed by Gavin Kroeber in Art in America]
- The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, November 01, 2018 – January 12, 2019. Featuring work by Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos).
- Parque de España Cultural Center in Rosario, February 28 – April 7, 2019. Local curatorial team: Graciela Carnevale, Brian Holmes, Alejandro Meitin; Featuring Territories of Collaboration / Pedagogy of the Anegado (Eduardo Molinari – Caminante Archive, M7 Network, Arena Documenta, Matias Barutta – Delta Project, Pablo Bas, Santiago Fredes, Dani Lorenzo).
More detailed information and documentation available on the TEWNA website.