Alfredo De Stefano (Argentina), Catherine Bagnall (New Zealand), Joseph Beuys (Germany), Alejandro Cartagena (Dominican Republic), Charles Freger (France), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Douglas Gordon (Irland), Ilkka Halso (Finland), Rodrigo Imaz (Mexico), Graciela Iturbide (Mexico), Claudia López Terroso (Mexico), Mike Meiré (Germany), Heather e Iván Morison (UK), Julien Salaud (France), Alec Soth (USA), Joel Sternfeld (USA), Wayward Plants (UK), Tania Ximena (Mexico).
Elisa Tellez, Exhibitions and Collection Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
available from November 2014 to June 2015
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
This exhibition project gathers the work of eighteen international artists and collectives regarding the subject of environmental pro¬tection and the respect for living beings. The critical contributions of these creators to the ecological debate nowadays consist of different ways of rethinking the relationship of human beings with the planet and its invaluable biological diversity.
The activity of humanity in its natural surroundings has suffered several transformations throughout history, but it had never befo¬re reached the grave levels of devastation that we face now, which have placed under great risk the life of everything that surrounds us. Nowadays there is a generalized euphoria regarding the subjects of ecology and sustainability, although in many cases being ‘green’ may only be a fad. The challenge we face is complex and entails sensitizing all members of our societies to the value of preserving our landscapes, animals, and plants, and showing respect towards their complex relations.
Achieving this implies avoiding the superficiality of the political and commercial discourses on the environment, which at times seem to point the finger blindly at humans, seeing us as a destructive plague that reproduces avidly, produces garba¬ge and contaminates. This interpretation is not totally accurate and least of all fair. Human beings should find the way of transforming the vicious circles of a life of consumerism in virtuous practices. We have the potential. We must design effective ways to make our traditions and activities endure ensuring that their impact will not disturb the subtle balance of life in the planet.