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Cosmovisions on Land and Entangled Futures

Cosmovisions on Land and Entangled Futures is a group exhibition that is being developed through a collaborative research project that seeks to investigate land rights and the social and political agency of nature from non-extractivist perspectives. 

The project has an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on practices that reveal worldviews at the intersections between land rights and climate justice, questioning and opposing Euro-capital-centric and dominant narratives. Based on experimentation and collaboration, the project explores formats that challenge the hierarchical structures of production and presentation of knowledge, incorporating the voices of artists, and collaboration and exchange in the development process. 

The project proposes to create space and time to build collaboration and in-depth co-creation of ideas relating to the interdependence and de-hierarchisation between human and nature. It offers a platform to connect local, territorial and social struggles with pressing global concerns to imagine other possible realities that respond to more sustainable futures. 

The R&D project includes an artist residency at La Escocesa, a research grant, two artists’ commissions, online events and five Research Labs to be developed by each partner organisation. 

Brazilian artist Aline Baiana was invited to spend a month-residency at La Escocesa, Barcelona (October 2022). Colombian writer and cultural producer Beatriz E. Balanta was selected to develop her project Palo:Paila-Liquid Memories that will explore how Black people re-imagine concepts such as humanity, nature, life, and death in the face war and environmental disaster in the neighbourhood of Las Dos Aguas, in the town of Puerto Tejada near Cali, Colombia.  

Cosmovisions on Land and Entangled Futures is a partnership between Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Capc Bordeaux (FR), La Escocesa (ES), Más Arte Más Acción (COL) and Pivô (BR). It is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international projects.