NATUREMAX: A NEW WAY OF SEEING NATURE?
By Mark Westall • 16 November 2021
The next exhibition at GIANT is the group show NATUREMAX, curated by Paul Carey-Kent, featuring work by: Saelia Aparici, Rebecca Byrne, Theo Ellison, Tessa Farmer, Matt Hale, Andy Harper, Sandra Kantanen, Julie Maurin, Alan Rankle, Kelly Richardson, Toby Tatum and Esther Teichmann.
How should we relate to nature? As recently as fifty years ago the anthropocentric way of looking purely through the lens of human outcomes was the mainstream assumption, at least in western traditions. Yet the growing consensus around the effect of a history of exploiting and abusing nature has altered how we see the relationship. Timothy Morton has suggested how ‘putting something called Nature on a pedestal and admiring it from afar does for the environment what patriarchy does for the figure of Woman’. Rather, we should see humans as just one species among many in the ecosystem, and hold that the natural environment is intrinsically valuable independent of what benefit accrues to people…
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