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Subversive Kin, The Act of Turning Over, 2021

Project type

Exhibition and Publication


March 4 - April 9th, 2021


Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, New York City


Christine Howard-Sandoval, Tatiana Arocha, Koyolzintli, and Bel Falleiros

This exhibition brings together a group of female-identified artists whose practice stems from their embedded relation to land and to original practices and traditions from their places of birth or ancestry. Spanning video, photography, poetry, installation, and painting, the works of these artists suggest the need to reconsider the place of human beings in the world and propose a repositioning where nature and humans have agency and enact a shared subjectivity.

This exhibition puts in perspective our connections with the land and with others and invites us to think of radical hope to create structures of care that stem from our relationships with what is sacred to us. The artists in the exhibition have spent time with native communities, learning about their ancestors and rebuilding a vision and cosmology that allows them to turn over to a different path actively and to share and transmit knowledge.

The notion of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and the need to imagine “new” relationships between people and nature are at the core of this exhibition, and aim to contribute to the restoration of our relationship to the land through sharing different ways of connecting with each other, to nature, to our ancestors, as a whole. As artists, poets, and women, these artists set the space to think in terms of reciprocity, establishing relationships instead of ownership and reminding us that our relationships are transformed by our choice of perspective.

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