Opening Reception: Grasping at the Roots
Grasping at the Roots takes cues from mycorrhizae, mutually beneficial associations between fungi and plants. Fungi have the ability to enhance nutrient take-up in plant roots, ensuring healthy development; in return, they benefit by absorbing the plant carbohydrates they require to sustain growth.
Featuring new work from Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Serena Lee, Eugenio Salas, Shawn Tse, with recent video by Scott Portingale, these artists prioritize community-building and engaged relationships built on responsibility and care in a time when many—especially those on the margins—face real life threats and challenges. Utilizing prolonged, ongoing conversation and participation as a curatorial strategy, Grasping at the Roots hopes to challenge the ways in which artists and curators work together: prioritizing collaboration, fair compensation and the strength of the collective model. A direct response to the urgent and critical time we live in, the exhibition sees itself as a necessary tactic, pointing toward, while simultaneously creating, a system of roots to continually build upon into the future.
Curated by Christina Battle, this exhibition will be on view until March 28, 2020.
Key Themes: Strategies for participating in/with communities responsibility and care engaged relationships.
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John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery
January 16, 2020
Allard Hall11110 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB