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On Volcanoes and other Transfigurative Bodies


Left: “Snail”, Caitlin Berrigan Right: “Detail from Kilauea Eruption (The Wake)”, Jemila McEwan

Left: “Snail”, Caitlin Berrigan
Right: “Detail from Kilauea Eruption (The Wake)”, Jemila McEwan

On Volcanoes and Other Transfigurative Bodies

With works by
Caitlin Berrigan and Jemila MacEwan

Curated by Elisa Gutierrez

February 1 - 20 | Opening reception: February 8, 6-8 PM
NARS Project Space


On Volcanoes and Other Transfigurative Bodies brings the work of Caitlin Berrigan and Jemila MacEwan into a dialogue presented in NARS´ Project Space. The practices of these two artists touch upon several questions surrounding natural forces, the human condition, as well as derivations to feminism, land, the environment and politics, but most of those questions are connected to volcanoes and the ways in which they both refer to the concept of “becoming” as a central part of their research.

Caitlin Berrigan’s work “draws upon geology to examine the deep time scales of structural patriarchy, sexual violence, ruptures, resistance, re-emergence, and friendship as a form of politics.” She integrates pseudo-science fiction in the form of episodic videos, sculptures, and drawings that forge into affective geologies and the idea of becoming mineral.

Jemila MacEwan’s work mythologizes various destructive forces – meteorites, volcanoes, fault-lines, dead animal skin and melting glaciers as a way to understand what it is to be human in the age of the Holocene Extinction. Using sculpture and performance in intimate communication with the environment, MacEwan explores the ideas of being and becoming by inserting herself within the landscape to participate in the constant process of change and exchange between culture and the natural world.


Later Event: February 8
Women’s Work