Call for Artists Deadline: May 15, 2021
Selected Artists Announced: July 1, 2021
Online Exhibition Launch: September 1, 2021
Printed Book: October 2021
In the context of this exhibition, the term embodied can be understood as the act of giving a body to something intangible; to incarnate; to stand in the same place of; to become part of a collective body; to personify; or to empathize. The subject matter of your work for Embodied Forest will address the worlds of trees and forests including though not limited to companion species, microbes, root systems, mushrooms, birds, fungus, moss, lichen, mist/fog/water, insects, spiders, parasites, bacteria, etc.
The entanglements of a forest are unlimited. We seek to represent an in-depth examination of the interconnectedness of trees with all living things, human and nonhuman. All mediums will be presented and will include performance, sound and video, as well as poetry.Since June 2020 ecoartspace has held a monthly Zoom dialogue with member artists presenting their work about trees. Sant Khalsa, curator of Tree Talk and founder of the Joshua Tree Center For Photographic Arts will be co-hosting this monthly dialogue through the end of 2021. A select group of artists from Embodied Forest will be featured in upcoming events.
Lilian Fraiji is a curator and producer based in the Amazon, Brazil and is the co-founder of LABVERDE program, a project dedicated to developing multidisciplinary content involving art, science and nature. As an independent researcher Fraiji is interested in how culture is related to nature and how the landscape is shaped in the Anthropocene. She has curated several art exhibitions involving the subject of the Amazon including in 2019, How to Talk with Trees and Irreversível, and in 2018, Amazon: Invisible Landscape. Fraiji is also responsible for Confluência Festival: Art, Science and Forest Knowledge promoting art engaged with environmental issues in the Amazon. She is a specialist in Cultural Management from Barcelona University and has a Master’s degree in Curating Arts from the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona. In 2019 Fraiji was awarded the Serrapilheira prize for contributing to democratizing science.
Giovanni Aloi is an author, curator and educator specializing in the histories of art and politics of aesthetics in representations of nature in art. He’s the Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture and US Correspondent for Esse Magazine – Art + Opinion. Aloi is co-editor of the University of Minnesota series Art after Nature, and has authored four books including Why Look at Plants? - The Vegetal World in Contemporary Art (2019) and Lucian Freud – Herbarium (2019). He lectures at museums and universities internationally and has taught at Queen Mary University of London, Goldsmiths, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aloi received his Ph.D. in natural history and contemporary art from Goldsmiths University of London and has worked as an educator at Whitechapel Art Gallery and Tate Galleries.