From 21st July - 'Wild Within' exhibition
WILD WITHIN / EXHIBITION
In search of the wild beneath - skin, soil, planet (08°N, 78°N, 23°S)
Wild Within is a space for Londoners to re-connect with some of the wildest places remaining on our planet and in turn reflect on their own communities, habitats and themselves at a moment of ecological crisis, in transformative, hopeful and inspiring new ways.
Audiences will be offered a place in the city to breathe, reconnect and alter their existing perspectives on nature & community in what can be an isolating urban context. We will investigate the many benefits of nature for humans from personal well-being to ways of building a more sustainable future for all.
With local partners and events we will target non traditional audiences through youth, ecological and migrant groups in London’s most economically & culturally diverse areas. Featuring over 30 artists from five continents, showing work developed in remote and wild parts of our planet.
Wild Within is an exhibition for people to connect with some of the wildest, most remote parts of our planet and their corresponding social and ecological discourses in the heart of London. Responding to different environments, through a plethora of recent journeys across distinct biomes to question what it means to be human in the context of the anthropocene.
Exploring complex and chaotic systems of natural and cultural diversity where all and everything is, is, in someway, connected. Through shifting physical and cultural perspectives we are, in turn, able to reflect on our own communities, habitats and ourselves.
Audiences will be guided through a miscellany of works, research, collaborations, talks, performances and reflections developed over the past two years through a research-project involving residencies in some of the most remote parts of our planet - from the Scandinavian Arctic to South and Central American Tropic and Desert regions with more than 50 international artists and creative minds, in collaboration with rural communities and indigenous groups.
The purpose of this show is to explore ideas of connection, relationships and interdependence between cities and natural environments - humans and nature around the globe. To articulate how important cultural and natural diversity is to humans, for our souls and imaginations to our health and habitats, addressing current streams of socio-political problems and an environmental crisis that threatens our very existence.
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by Shonibare Studio to offer the opportunity for artistic practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music) to have access to a project space. La Wayaka Current artist-led initiative was selected to occupy the space and create a public exhibition and events program between