Places and landscapes have lives of their own; they have stories to tell. In the deep well of history, the ghosts of past lives percolate. Patient observation, documentation, and witnessing grant access to multispecies worlds and layered histories. Yet, in the precarious world of a changing climate, those sedimented landscapes and human lives are sacrificed every day to ideals of so-called progress. The future of the ecologies we inhabit is uncertain, while our forward-looking vision is shaped by dystopias rather than utopias. More than ever, it is imperative that we study how ecologies are made and unmade throughout the history of the planet as well as the moments of resilience that happen every day across the world. Exploring the ancient ghosts of past ecologies and the politics of current ones, All things share the same breath investigates the material entanglements, debates, discourses, and intellectual engagements within a variety of political ecologies.
All things share the same breath emerges out of a two-year interdisciplinary, collaborative project in which groups of anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, artists, geographers, and scientists, have been investigating the politics of the environment and how the changing climate is experienced and negotiated across the world. The exhibition considers our relationship to the earth, and how that relationship is mediated by outside forces. Taken from a 1972 film on ecology, the title signals the vital importance of acknowledging that all things—human, animal, vegetable, and mineral—are dependent on the same ecosystem and, indeed, breath the same air. The artists in All things share the same breath give visual expression to the lived realities of those experiencing a changing landscape across the globe. Rather than engaging with the politics and rhetoric of climate change, All things share the same breath raises urgent questions about how the global environmental crisis is experienced, felt, and visualized.
Featuring: Tamara Becerra Valdez, Leticia Bernaus, Stella Brown, Bochay Drum, Robert Lundberg, Polen Ly, Cate Richards, Beate Geissler, Nicole Tu-Maung, and Ayub Wali