All have the same breath

January 18 - March 9, 2019

Artists: Tamara Becerra Valdez, Leticia Bernaus, Stella Brown, Bochay Drum, Robert Lundberg, Polen Ly, Cate Richards, Geissler/Sann, Nicole Tu-Maung, Ayub Wali

Research Collaborators: Dilcan Acer, Alize Arıcan, Ian G. Baird, Tarini Bedi, Paul Bick, Ralph Cintron, Casey Corcoran, Charles Corwin, Molly Doane, Caitlyn Knecht Dye, W. Nathan Green, Peri Johnson, Ömür Harmanşah, Tannya Islas, Zhe Yu Lee, Haley LeRand, Javairia Shahid, Shivana Shresth, David H. Wise  

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 have the same breath investigates the material entanglements, debates, discourses, and intellectual engagements within a variety of political ecologies.

All have 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. 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 have 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 have the same breath raises urgent questions about how the global environmental crisis is experienced, felt, and visualized.

This exhibition is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Personal assistance is provided in the exhibition space by attendants at the front desk. Additionally, gallery attendants are more than happy to provide audio description for any visitor who is visually impaired.

To inquire about further accessibility accommodations or for more information, please contact Rose Cannon at 312.996.6114 or gallery400@uic.edu.