Edge of Chaos
Curated by Vita Zaman and Nicola Vassell
Casa Donati, Venice, Italy
May 6 – June 29, 2015
An exhibition on global crises framed by feminism & ecology at the 56th Venice Biennale.
On the occasion of the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Edge of Chaos explores the creative responses of LaToya Ruby Frazier, Gianluca Malgeri and Audra Vau to global tumult using the framework of feminism and ecology. As chaos reigns from climate change to political and economic volatility, there is an increasing parallel between patriarchy, social injustice and the degradation of nature. Seeing all life as valuable, the three artists share an outlook that celebrates the earth as sacred and acknowledges our interdependence upon the natural world.
Ecofeminism and sustainability form the exhibition’s foundation. It links theory and activism, viewing the oppression of women and pillage of the earth as intrinsically related. Saluting women’s interconnectivity with the earth, ecofeminsim challenges domination of one subject over another as an excuse for optimizing wealth-based power and extracting finite resources without replenishing them (e.g. man over woman, culture over nature, racism that extends to specieism).
The cosmic thread for the exhibit is found in Edge of Chaos theory, which explores how one system transforms rapidly into another. Edge of Chaos itself describes the zone between order and chaos that exists a short distance from collapse of a system. When an ecosystem is poised at the brink of decimation, the trick is to harness the power of small agitations that occur moments before ruin to alter the composition of the system, without completely destroying it. This idea suggests an interesting evolutionary fix for dominions that need to balance resilience with adaptability. Utilizing traditionally female values like parity, nuturing and cooperation can bring new wisdom.
Presented in conjunction with the Lithuanian Cultural Council