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  

  1. Tamara Becerra Valdez, Scenography of Friendship, 2019, cast concrete, collaborative oil pastel rubbings with Mehmet, Fatma, Eyüp, Sudenaz, Yağmur, and Yaren, courtesy the artist.
  2. All have the same breath, 2019 (installation view). Left: Leticia Bernaus and Stella Brown, Trajectories, 2018, video, 9:23 min. loop, inkjet print on paper, masonite, ribbon, courtesy the artists. Right: Tamara Becerra Valdez, Affinity Without Finality" 2018, cast concrete, Turkish oil paper, courtesy the artist.
  3. All have the same breath, 2019 (installation view). Left: Nicole Tu-Maung, Confluence, 2018, colored pencil on paper, courtesy the artist. Right: Cate Richards Wane, 2019, champlevé and etched copper, sterling, cordage, custom cartography by Laura Lee Brott, courtesy the artist.

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 and articulated.



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There are two All Gender restrooms located on the same floor as Gallery 400. While the restrooms are accessible to wheelchair users, the door to the restroom is not. Visitors who use wheelchairs can request personal assistance with opening and closing the restroom doors by asking any Gallery 400 staff member. Gallery staff can provide chairs in the gallery space upon request.

The entrance to the building is located in a turn-around where visitors may be dropped off right outside the main door. The closest UIC public parking lot is the Harrison Street Parking Structure. Further information regarding parking on campus can be found at UIC Parking Services. Motorist assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 312.355.0555.

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Major support for All have the same breath is provided 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. Additional support both to this project and the Political Ecologies Working Group is provided by the UIC Institute for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the School of Art & Art History, the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.