Learning from Plants, Rocks and Water: Counter-Narratives from Earthlings Amidst Multiple Crises

A still of my video Offering’s apprentice II used for the poster of our show!

The exhibition Learning from Plants, Rocks and Waters: Counter-Narratives from Earthlings Amid Multiple Crises was inaugurated on Tuesday the 4th at SOHO studios. The show features works of the Peruvian artists Imayna Cáceres, Alfredo Ledesma, Hansel Sato and me and will be on until October 23. Check out the program full of diverse activities!

«The exhibition is the result of a collective experiment, an ongoing collaboration between four artists with similar artistic approaches and a common interest in promoting plural ecological values ​​of coexistence with other beings on earth.

As Peruvian artists living in Vienna, they accompany each other in their migration processes and together imagine stories that could make a world possible in which borders and hierarchies between people, but also between people and nature, have been overcome. The artistic production refers to old mestizo and indigenous practices from the Amazon and Andean regions. In these cultural spaces, people are viewed as an integral part of the natural fabric.»

We are having great press coverage, as shows this article, this article, and the beautiful images taken by Joanna Pianka for Esel.

Picture taken by Joanna Pianka of my piece «An imagined friendship (A spiritual tambito)»
And some other pictures taken by Joanna, including some taken during the guided meditation I made before the opening:


Screenshot from Driving the Human’s journal with Marcelino Tangoa trying the VR version of the project

This text written by Aisha Altenhofen for Driving the Human’s journal, narrates some moments of my recent trip to Peru with Nuno Cassola, to continue the work for the project Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning. We went back to Sinchi Roca, Puerto Nuevo and Unipacuyacu, to show the videos made after the first trip in February, receive feedback and shooting more images, before finalizing the project which will be finally presented in November at Silent Green in Berlin.

«Carmen I» en Hilos que resisten, hilos que subvierten

Muy contenta de exponer parte de la serie «Carmen», basada en poemas de Carmen Ollé, en la bella exposición curada por Gabriela Germaná en el Centro Cultural del Británico, Lima. En sus palabras:
«A través de esta exposición, se presentarán vestimentas y piezas bidimensionales realizadas con hilos, pero también instalaciones, performances y videos que dan cuenta de los textiles como objetos en constante transformación, en estrecho vínculo con el cuerpo. Son alrededor de 46 piezas de diversos artistas que refieren a actos de afirmación identitaria y resistencia; identidades cambiantes e híbridas, producto de la movilidad; piezas que hablan del valor de los textiles como vehículo político y de protesta; y piezas que reflexionan sobre identidades individuales atravesadas por cuestiones de raza, género y pertenencia.

Artistas: María Abadón, Paloma Álvarez, Lucilda Amasifén, Nereida Apaza, Liliana Ávalos, Ana Teresa Barboza, Clara Best, Nilda Callañaupa Àlvarez y tejedoras de Chincheros, Angie Cienfuegos, Raquel Esquives, Venuca Evanán, Cristina Flores Pescorán, Gonzalo Hernández, Dora Inuma Ramirez, Eliana Otta, Nemiye Pérez Mardini, Robert Orihuela, Antonio Páucar, Harry Pinedo, Ingrid Pumayalla, Violeta Quispe, .Aquilino Ramos, Alionca Respaldiza, Ivet Salazar, Orlando Sosa, Hydn Trucios, Elena Valera, Javi Vargas, Gaudencia Yupari, Daniela Zambrano Almidón, tejedores Q’ero, Cusco, tejedores y bordadores de Junín, tejedores de Taquile, Puno, tejedoras y bordadoras Shipibo-Konibo.»

Trying to sing, scream: a text about my work published in Arts of the working class

Stills from Palabras de Mujeres (2017) with the peasant leader Amandina Quispe speaking in public in Peru.

Thanks to Angeliki Tzortzakaki for the beautiful text about my work, focused on voice, mourning, politics and feminism, recently published in Arts of the Working Class. The text can be read here and it features an image of Lola Marchena, a dear Peruvian singer who past away a few days ago. Long live, Lola!

Fertilizing Mourning at the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art

Thanks to an invite from Sarrita Hunn, Florencia Portocarrero and me spoke recently at the SFSIA 2022 Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene. Our talk Fertilizing Mourning: From Representation to Thinking With can be watched here.

About the content:

More than 60% of the Peruvian territory is part of the Amazon. Locally known as the Selva–this vast economically and politically neglected region– is currently the center of some of the most important debates in terms of sustainability and planetary biopolitics, as well as a crucial site for the struggles for the rights of diverse indigenous communities and the preservation of their ancestral knowledge. Despite the high degree of social conflict experienced in the Amazon area due to illegal mining and internal-colonial processes of land appropriation by the state, over the last fifteen years its multiple and heterogeneous artistic production has received increasing attention at a national and international level; mainly thanks to the work of artists (indigenous and not indigenous), academics and curators, who have devoted themselves to the research, promotion and dissemination of what is currently considered one of the most solid scenes in Peru. Even though all these efforts have been important to make visible the importance of Amazonian cultural production, they have mainly operated in the representational realm, rarely addressing the primitive accumulation processes hat traverse the region and its inhabitants. In conversation with curator Florencia Portocarrero, In “Fertilizing mourning: from representation to thinking with”, artist Eliana Otta will introduce her latest project, which based on  Yana Allpa–a technique that was devised thousands of years ago by Amazonian communities to guarantee soil regeneration– proposes us to adopt a native way of knowing and learning from people who have already survived the ending of their world and, therefore, may be better equipped for living in a damaged and more complex planet.

Exercises on Dwelling by Oi Mouries at Pedion tou Areos Park

Exercises on Dwelling

Mouries Collective invites you to participatory performances and ponderings on dwelling in the contemporary urban habitat. By bringing together words, temporary structures and movement research we will explore, through collective inhabitation inside the park, issues of comfort, safety, privacy, community, isolation, rest and routine.

Mouries Collective is a fluid group composed by different women at different times. We originally gathered due to our common interests in healing and divination practices. We found motivation and focus through a shared interest in the possibility of communicating with trees and plants. Through our projects we develop methods, thoughts and intuitions for creating connections with all beings who inhabit the land with us.

We want to ignite a liberating space for healing, acknowledge the coexistence of different life experiences and expand our understanding of storytelling. We aim to deepen our perception and explore the terrains between intimacy and public space, with nature as our companion in the city. By learning to hear the hills and listen to the fields, we can all learn to hear each other.

We wish to provide tools that can help us reproduce ourselves collectively and individually while (creatively yet care-fully) exploring affective modes of relating as the basis of a shared practice.

At this moment in time we are Isabel Gutierez Sanchez, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, Thalia Dimitropoulou, Maria Juliana Byck, Artemis Papageorgiou, Eliana Otta and Sanem Su Avcı.

Exercises on Dwelling (performance, 45΄)
Idea & Creation: Oi Mouries
Meeting Point: Entrance to the park from Alexandras, Statue of Athina

Part of EIGHT / ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ, critical institute for arts and politics
HILLS AND FIELDS https://fb.me/e/1JxDDMsLk
11-16 Μay 2022