Opening Reception for Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares' Forest Law, October 3

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, is proud to anounce the opening reception for Forest Law, an exhibition by artist-researcher Ursula Biemann and architect Paulo Tavares.

Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares
Forest Law
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

October 4 - December 3, 2018

Opening: October 3 5-7 p.m.
Extended remarks by art historian and theorist TJ Demos at 6:15 p.m.
The opening is FREE and open to the public. 

Forest Law (2014)— a 38 minute, 2-channel video installation and photo/ text assemblage by Biemann and Tavares— draws from research carried out by the pair in the Ecuadorian Amazon around the legislation of the rights of nature and the indigenous cosmopolitics which protect the area from multinational extractive operations. 

The project was a commission by the Broad Art Museum at the Michigan State University. It includes the bilingual artist book Forest Law - Selva juridicaForest Law has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennial 2016 and the Sharjah Biennial which opened in March 2017. 

Ursula Biemann is an artist, researcher and video essayist based in Zurich. Biemann’s work is invested in exploring the uneven resource distribution, climate change and ecologies of oil and water as principles of planetary organization of power. Paulo Tavares is an architect and urbanist whose work deals with the visual and spatial politics of territorial conflicts and climate change in the Amazon and other frontiers across the third world. Tavares is based in Quito.