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The Ocean After Nature v2

Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self- evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved.



Hyung S. Kim, Kim Julja, Dodu Jeju, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. The Ocean After Nature examines how the seascape is shaped in an era when human beings have become the driving force in the development of the planet. Through the work of twenty artists and collectives, the exhibition explores new ways of representing the ocean as a means to identify and critique such interrelated and chaotic systems of power as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, physical and psychological displacement, utopian mythologies, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.

The works reveal how we make sense of the ocean today, and how politics, economies, and culture propel today’s planetary issues. They trace critical changes in our relationship with the natural world specifically through the frame of the ocean—the fluid network that connects vast parts of our environments, and the very site from which all life originates. Instead of offering direct solutions, The Ocean After Nature employs aesthetic imagination to encourage a rethinking of our place in the world. Artists: Ursula Biemann, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Manny Montelibano, Deimantas Narkevičius, the Otolith Group, Ulrike Ottinger, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Carissa Rodriguez, Allan Sekula & Nöel Burch, Dimitra Skandali, Supersudaca, UNITED BROTHERS.

The Ocean After Nature is a traveling exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI's International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. The presentation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and Tufts University Art Gallery has been organized in collaboration with Carol Stakenas, Guest Curator.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 25 2017
6-8 pm

Drexciya Redux: Sound in Conversation

Friday, February 17 2017
6:30 pm