July 28, 2013 · 1:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
This visit is guided and in French. Our guider will meet us in the reception area.
Listen to the news today and you will notice how many of the reports focus on territorial disputes or how best to access resources within the land or to protect the environment. These are issues that shape our times and they lie at the heart of this exhibition. Looking through the lens of Africa, Earth Matters focuses on the very creative and visual ways in which individuals and communities negotiate complex relationships with the land beneath their feet and the earth at large.
The works of art included within these galleries reflect the ideas and issues of the artists' choosing. More than 40 artists from 24 of Africa's 55 nations have employed media as diverse as ceramic, textile, film, drawing, printmaking, photography, wood, and mixed-media sculpture and installations to explore
what is meant by the word earth,
how the earth serves as a home to the ancestors and as a source for sacred and healing powers,
how the earth's underground and surface spaces have inspired numerous, compelling metaphorical associations, and,
the ways in which the arts can effect positive change on the earth and its environments.
Dating from approximately 1800 to the present day, these artworks document changing relationships to the land from the time that international slave trade was illegalized, voluntary international travel became increasingly possible, colonization began, and the mining practices that fueled the Industrial Revolution intensified. The reverberations from these changes can still be felt and seen today.