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The Amazon rainforest is a cosmic lab for the invention of shapes of life and matter, a complex ecosystem that holds a collection of memories of the experience of life on Earth. But this great biodiversity is reaching its tipping point. Human and non-human life in the Forest is constantly affected by local and global dynamics. The political context in Brazil is softening the protection of the environment and its people, scaling back the effort to combat illegal logging, ranching and mining. At the same time, global warming is deeply transforming the biophysical assets of the Amazon, causing a serious change in its landscapes.

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HOW CAN ART HELP TO DEVELOP NEW STRATEGIES FOR THE EXPANSION OF  environmental JUSTICE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE AMAZON?   

 
 
 
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Nature is a discursive concept and different artistic languages play a key role when raising awareness about the environment.  ​​Art’s long history of experimentation has fostered a series of practices, matters, sensorialities and narratives that give a new meaning to life and to the anthropogenic transformations on the planet.

 

 

“Speculative Ecologies” is an international program focused on the creation of a new sensitive regime stimulated by narratives that foster nature-cultures agencies. In the expanded field of the forest, coexistence is part of the poetic and artistic process and will be inspiration for the creation of artistic languages ​​in dialogue with the challenges of the Amazon.

The program will take place from September 1st to 10th, curated by Lilian Fraiji (Labverde), with the participation of curator Camilla Palestra (UAL/London), and mediation by experts from the Amazon Region (activists, anthropologists, biologists and natural history researchers). It is supported by the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA), University of the Arts London, ArtLaguna Prize and the French Embassy in Brazil.

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