The Ocean After Nature is a traveling exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.
Date: 11 September - 18 November, 2018
Location: The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio
Opening: 20 September, 2018 6:30pm
Date: 09 February - 04 April, 2018
Location: Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design / The New School, New York, NY
Date: 06 September, 2017 - 7 January, 2018
Location: The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Date: 03 March - 09 June, 2017
Location: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia
Date: 26 January - 18 March, 2017
Location: School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston, MA
Date: 17 June - 28 August, 2016
Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Artists: Ursula Biemann, UNITED BROTHERS, Noël Burch, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Ulrike Ottinger, Manny G. Montelibano III, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Carissa Rodriguez, Rafi Segal, Allan Sekula, Supersudaca, Elaine Byrne
“Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved.”
— Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, 2010
For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and human culture, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.
The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.
Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the artists in The Ocean After Nature respond to the intertwined factors that define this new understanding of the ocean. A.C. Feldman
MDR participates the exhibition with Load Displacement, a video shot in a small harbor in an Italian island, Lampedusa. The video shows overnight port activities, including ships leaving and landing as well as over 100 Tunisian people disembarking from a coastguard vessel, in the vicinity of a local amusement park carousel.