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Person: Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa

Back to the Roots | WE ARE AIA, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich

What Plants Were Called Before They Had A Name takes part of a group show with works by Ravi Agarwal, Ambra Castagnetti, Wilson Diaz, Monica Ursina Jäger, Karrabing Film Collective, Hunter Longe, Maurice Maggi, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, NGGAMDU.ORG in collaboration with Tomás Saraceno, organized by AIA (Awareness in Art) in Löwenbräukunst, Zurich. Curated by Martina Huber-Marthaler and Gianni Jetzer.

In the Anthropocene, processes of exploitation shape humanity’s relationship with nature. In the face of ecological crises, voices have emerged that question its legitimation. The exhibition Back to the Roots presents artistic positions that offer alternative views of ecological thinking, expanding the consciousness of earthly coexistence, thus overcoming the colonial past.

In his seminal book Decolonizing Nature, the American art historian T. J. Demos calls for new ecological art that takes local, sociopolitical, and economic aspects into account. Ecological knowledge passed on from one generation to the next has become a new point of reference in today’s debate. It points to local peoples’ know-how over long periods through direct contact with the environment. This knowledge is site-specific and often includes relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes, and the rhythms of everyday life.


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Kathmandu Triennale 2077 | Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

Set to be the largest presentation of contemporary art in Nepal to date, KT 2077 is curated by Artistic Director Cosmin Costinas and Co-Curators Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Hit Man Gurung. The Triennale is informed by discourses of decolonisation, migration and displacement, indigenous knowledge, and redefining the parameters of art beyond a Eurocentric canon. It will discuss appropriate frameworks of understanding and bring together the multiple aesthetic and cosmological lineages active today.

The 2022 edition is curated by Nepalese artists and cultural organisers Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari, working with director Sharareh Bajracharya and artistic director Cosmin Costinas, and will include work by more than one hundred artists representing about forty countries.


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Garden of Six Seasons | Para Site, Hong Kong

Group exhbition curated by Cosmin Costinas with works by Pacita Abad, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Bibhusan Basnet & Pooja Gurung, Chang En-ManMae ClarkMary Dhapalany, Patrizio Di Massimo, Izmail EfimovNaufus Ramirez Figueroa, Charles GainesDominique Gonzalez-Foerester, Julia Mage’au GraySheroanawe HakihiiweHao LiangAndrew Thomas Huang, Hung Fai & Wai Pong YuSudhira Karna, Vvzela Kook, Emma KunzLam Tung Pang, Liu Chuang, Liu Kuo-Sung, Madhumala MandalRebati Mandal, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Ana MendietaPavel MikushevJ.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Uriel Orlow, Pan Lu & Bo Wang, Antonio Pichilla, John PuleKomal Purbe, Ashmina Ranjit, Citra Sasmita, Ekaram SinghSo Wing Po, Katerina Teaiwa, Batsa Gopal Vaidya, Brittney Leeanne Williams, and Trevor Yeung

Garden of Six Seasons is a precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale 2077 (Artistic Director: Cosmin Costinas, Curators: Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Hit Man Gurung).


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