Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 18
United States: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET
EUROPE: 18:00 GMT Brazil: 2pm BRT
Nathalia Favaro, Laura Gorski, Renata Padovan, Walmeri Ribeiro
The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.
For our November 2021 Tree Talk, four artists from Brazil will present their work including, Nathalia Favaro, who will share her video work titled Intervalo where she engages light as it interacts with the Amazon Forest; Laura Gorski's work also inspired by the Amazon Forest, depicts the human figure as plant forms; Renata Padovan, will discuss her video work related to illegal timber extraction and farming in the State of Amazonas; and Walmeri Ribeiro, who will share her performative research and video work focused on the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts
Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.
Nathalia Favaro's research focuses on the transformation of the territory due to human intervention. Working in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, her work brings concepts from Ecology to reveal the consequences of deforestation in different ways. By the study of land use, she evokes the relationship between humans and non-humans, juxtaposing nature and culture. Favaro holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie University, Brazil, and from Buenos Aires University, Argentina. She has exhibited her artwork around the world, including Massapê Projetos (SP), A Gentil Carioca (RJ), HAL-Berlin (GE), Jan van Eyck Academy (HL) and Colômbia Art Museum (CO). In 2017 she was an artist in residency at EKWC - European Ceramic Workcentre in the Netherlands, at Labverde, Brazil in 2018, and at Arteles Creative Center, Finland in 2019. nathaliafavaro.com
Image: ©Nathalia Favaro, Isto nao é uma floresta (This is Not a Forest), 2021
Laura Gorski is an artist and educator whose research involves drawing and its relationship with space through the investigation of landscapes. Observing and cataloging elements of nature, such as leaves, seeds, and different land colors, she creates dialogs with the body in situations of contemplation and silence. Gorski graduated from Centro Universitário de Belas Artes de São Paulo majoring in Design. Her solo exhibitions include RESERVE: The abyss does not divide us, it surrounds us (Espaço Cultural Porto Seguro, São Paulo SP, 2019), Instant archipelago (Blau Projects, São Paulo SP, 2017), Repose (Centro Cultural São Paulo SP, 2016), and Archipelago of imaginary places (Estúdio Buck, São Paulo SP, 2013). Gorski has participated in the artist residencies: ZKU, Center for Art and Urbanistic in Berlin; Cerveira Biennial Foundation in Portugal, where she took part in the 17th Cerveira Biennial; LABVERDE in the Amazon Forest, Brazil; and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca Coast, Mexico. lauragorski.com
Image: ©Laura Gorski, Braid Tail, 2021
Renata Padovan creates poetic channels of communication, bringing light to issues related to land occupation and their political, social and cultural consequences. Borders and migration, colonisation, and the devastation of nature are some of the topics explored for well over a decade. Since 2012 Padovan has been traveling regularly to the Amazonian region, learning from local peoples and scientists from INPA (National Institute for Amazonian Research, in Manaus) in an investigation about land occupation, deforestation and the depletion of local rivers. She has participated in several artists-in-residency programs, including LABVERDE, Amazon; Residencia Epecuén, Argentina; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, South Korea; Arctic Circle, Norway; Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taiwan; and Nes, Iceland. Padovan graduated with a BA degree in Social Communications from FAAP São Paulo, later with a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, 2001. She lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. renatapadovan.art
Image: ©Renata Padovan, Irreversivel, Irreversible, 2019, Paiol da Cultura do INPA, Manaus
Walmeri Ribeiro's work focuses on the relationships between body, performance, media art, and environmental issues. Interested in the impacts of the Anthropocene in the daily life of traditional communities, since 2014, she has been developing the project Territórios Sensíveis, a socially and environmentally engaged project, which operates in environments devastated by the extractive system, especially by petropolicy. She is a post-doctoral fellow at Concordia University, a professor at the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil, and a FAPERJ Fellowship researcher. Ribeiro has participated in congress, seminars, and exhibitions in Brazil and abroad and has published books and papers in academic journals and collections. Her activities have been commissioned by Brazilian federal agencies, International agencies, and prizes for research and art production. In 2019 she received a prize from Prince Claus Fund and Goethe Institut. territoriossensiveis.com
Image: ©Walmeri Ribeiro, performative intervention, Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, 2021.