In the pursuit of progress, industrial development and urban growth are promoted to the detriment of bodies of water. But the separation of human health from other forms of life is a harmful binary that ultimately threatens our environment. Live Streams explores the permeations – rather than the separations – of human and liquid lives by bringing together artworks from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) and entre—ríos, a research project exploring ecological wellbeing from the arts.
This exhibition explores the human impact on liquid territories, while also focusing specifically on the body by recognising it as the first interface for us to establish more ethical relations with others and drawing attention to the interdependency of ecosystem and human health.
Showcasing the work of emerging and established artists, Live Streams includes film, photography, painting and installation from ESCALA by María Elvira Escallón, Martha Niklaus, Teresa Pareda, Alejandro Jaime, Alberto Baraya and Cynthia Soto, alongside entre—ríos artists Eulalia de Valdenebro, Genietta Varsi, Leonel Vasquez and Emilio Chapela.
The first two weeks of the exhibition are hosted online, followed by opening Art Exchange on 18 May once restrictions ease. This blending and blurring of on-line and on-site dynamics reflect our current experiences of living between digital realms and spaces AFK (away from keyboard). In the gallery, the presence of the digital is felt through QR codes that lead to online resources for each artwork.
Lives Streams is guest curated by entre—ríos: Dr Lisa Blackmore (School of Philosophy & Art History and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Essex), Diego Chocano (Assistant Curator of ESCALA/University Art Collections) and Emilio Chapela (Artist and Research Assistant).
entre—ríos is a Global Challenges Research Fund project. Click here to find out more.
Image credit: Eulalia de Valdenebro, Cuerpopermeable IX: Laguna /Permeable body IX: Lake, 2021 (cropped)