In December, the exhibition The End Begins at the Leaf by former Solitude fellow Antonio Tarsis opens in London. The collaboration with curator Mara-Johanna Kölmel, former art coordination fellow, started and developed during their residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
The exhibition The End Begins at the Leaf is an artistic dialogue of Antonio Tarsis with Anderson Borba. It invites visitors to dive into an immersive environment that begins and ends at a leaf.
Systematic deforestation alongside illicit mining operations in the Amazon pose a major threat to Brazil’s complex ecosystems. With the current administration supporting deforestation and mining in areas formally protected by law, land has been stripped of vegetation, waterways have been polluted, and the protection of human rights and the environment have been undermined. The works in the exhibition approach this devastating constellation through a poetic reflection on materials and processes that relate to these disputed territories.
The leaf serves as an aesthetic departure point and thinking device through which contested issues are teased out. The End Begins at the Leaf explores larger interrelations that range from the exploitation of land and people to the transformation of natural resources into commodities and their circulation in a global market economy. Is this how the end begins?
The show is presented by BeAdvisors Art Department, Mauro Mattei and Akademie Schloss Solitude.
The End Begins at the Leaf
In conversation with Anderson Borba
Curated by Mara-Johanna Kölmel
December 10, 2021 until January 15, 2022
Opening: December 9, 2021, 5–9 pm
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E1 6JB London
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