The School of Nature and Principle

When 10 Apr 2015 - 30 May 2015
Where EFA Project Space
323 W. 39th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
United States
Enquiry (212) 563-5855

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 6-8pm
Newly commissioned work by Regina Jose Galindo, composed in collaboration with Paulo Alvarado and performed by the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, 6:30-7:30pm

Artists: Javier Barrios, Tyler Coburn, Regina Jose Galindo, Rodrigo Hernández, Federico Herrero, Akira Ikezoe, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Chosil Kil, Catalina León, Gabriel Lester, Yu-Hsien Su

Curator: Emiliano Valdés, Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia

The School of Nature and Principle is an ensemble of works speculating on the relationship between metaphysics and various aspects of contemporary society. Taking Neo-Confucianism as his departure point (specifically the branch known as the School of Nature and Principle, which proposes a way of relating to and behaving in the world), Valdés has assembled an international group of artists whose work explores the validity of non-rational knowledge, our relation to the natural world and technology, and simply what it means to be alive today.

New work composed by Regina Jose Galindo in collaboration with Paulo Alvarado
Galindo, who is widely recognized for her performances critiquing the Guatemalan dictatorship, has created a new work in collaboration with Paulo Alvarado that is inspired by the Ixil community’s resistance to General Efraín Rios Montt, who was sentenced to 80 years for genocide in 2013. The sentence was short-lived, as the State annulled it and released him, but the hope and strength of the Ixil women who took him to court remains intact. In a recent interview, one of them argued, “I’m alive and I am witness to the truth,” while another commented,  “I’m alive to tell what happened.” Despite their pain, no one can silence the Ixil women.

During the opening, the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will repeat the phrase “I’m Alive” in different registers and tones, embodying the strength and resilience of the Ixil community.

Emiliano Valdés is Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia. Until recently he was Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale and Co-Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta, a multifaceted platform for experimentation in contemporary art based in Guatemala City. Previously, he was Curator/Head of Visual Arts at the Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala where over 5 years he developed an exhibition program that helped re-shape the artistic scene in the country. He has also worked for institutions such as dOCUMENTA(13) (Kassel), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, (Madrid), and Contemporary Magazines, (London). He has written for ArtNexusArte al Día, and FlashArt, among other international publications as well as for numerous artist catalogs and books. He is interested in art as a form of knowledge, the production of public programs, and the relationship between art and culture, and natural environment.

EFA Project Space is grateful to the Asia Art Archive in America and the Hunter College Department of Art and Art History for their help in facilitating this exhibition.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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