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exhibitions

The Ocean After Nature

  • Ursula Biemann, film still from Subatlantic, 2015 (detail). Courtesy of the artist.

  • Maria D. Rapicavoli, slide from Load Displacement, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

  • The Ocean After Nature, Drexciya (detail), Hugh Lane, Dublin, 2017. Photography by Ros Kavanagh.

  • An-My Lê, Manning the rail, the U.S.S. Tortuga, Java Sea, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.

  • The Ocean After Nature, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2016. Photography by Charlie Villyard.

  • Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, film still from The Forgotten Space, 2010. Courtesy of Icarus Films.

  • Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Territorial Map of the World (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artists.

  • UNITED BROTHERS, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?, 2014 (detail). Courtesy of the artists and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

  • Mati Diop, film still from Atlantiques, 2009. Courtesy Le Fresnoy

Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman

“Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved.”
— Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, 2010


For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and human culture, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.

The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.

Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the artists in The Ocean After Nature respond to the intertwined factors that define this new understanding of the ocean.

Accompanying the exhibition is a publication edited by the curator and designed by Geoff Kaplan; including texts by Negar Azimi, Ursula Biemann, Yonatan Cohen and Rafi Segal, María del Carmen Carrión, Övül O. Durmusoglu, Kodwo Eshun, Patrick Flores, Ed Halter, Ebony L. Haynes, May Joseph, Amanda Parmer, Lisa Le Feuvre, Lucy R. Lippard, Andrey Misiano, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Lanka Tattersall, Virgil B/G Taylor, Jordan G. Teicher and Sarah Wang. For more information on the publication, please click here.


The Ocean After Nature is a traveling exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.

updates

Exhibition Interview for Radio Adelaide

Gillian Brown, Curator at The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, was interviewed for Radio Adelaide to discuss The Ocean After Nature and Countecurrents.

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Frieze Reviews The Ocean After Nature

Wendy Vogel reviews ICI’s exhibition for Frieze.

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The Wire reviews The Ocean After Nature

Sam Lefebvre reviews The Ocean After Nature in The Wire 390.

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Artist Peter Fend Responds to “A New Map for America”

When The Ocean After Nature artist Peter Fend visited our office on April 20, 2016 to discuss his work in ICI’s upcoming exhibition, he brought along with him his annotation of the April 17 New York Times opinion piece “A New Map For America.”

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curator

Alaina Claire Feldman

Alaina Claire Feldman is a curator and Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI). She was previously an editor at May Revue. Over several years, Feldman has worked with the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir to translate and distribute videos in the archive, culminating in exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York) and SPACE (London). She has organized exhibitions, performances, panels, publications and screenings with artists such as Martha Wilson, Gran Fury, Lorraine O’Grady, Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell, Dan Graham, Ulrike Ottinger, The Otolith Group, Alvin Lucier, Allan Sekula, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and many others. She recently curated the exhibition The Ocean After Nature at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), which will travel internationally; and edited the subsequent catalogue. Her writing has appeared in several art journals and in the exhibition catalogues for BLESS N°41 Retroperspektives Home (Kunsthaus Graz), Self-Timer Stories (Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Austrian Cultural Forum NY) Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness (ICI & MAIIAM) and Partenza: Renata Poljak (Galerije Umjetnina, Split).


artists


touring schedule

Richard E. Peeler Art Center
Greencastle, IN, United States
September 13, 2019 - December 6, 2019

The College of Wooster Art Museum
Wooster, Ohio, United States
September 11, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design / The New School
New York, NY, United States
February 8, 2018 - April 17, 2018

TheCube Project Space
Taipei, Taiwan *abridged version
November 18, 2017 - January 28, 2018

The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
September 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Adelaide, Australia
March 3, 2017 - June 9, 2017

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
Boston, MA, United States
January 26, 2017 - March 18, 2017

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, United States
June 17, 2016 - August 28, 2016


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