Alicia Saravia, Chané ceramist from the municipality of Tutiatí, extracts clay for her pottery. Campo Durán, Salta, Argentina.
Milagro Tejerina, The Knowledge from Earth, 2019, © Milagro Tejerina
23. October 2020 - 24. January 2021 Add to Calendar

The Listening and the Winds

Exhibition ifa Gallery Berlin
Due to the Corona regulation, the exhibition will be closed from November 2 und November 30, 2020.
Alicia Saravia, Chané ceramist from the municipality of Tutiatí, extracts clay for her pottery. Campo Durán, Salta, Argentina.
Milagro Tejerina, The Knowledge from Earth, 2019, © Milagro Tejerina

Narratives and Inscriptions of the Gran Chaco

'The Listenings and the Winds' brings together various indigenous communities of the Gran Chaco and those who do not want to be defined by their origins. The exhibition brings together activists, artisans, and mediators and initiates dialogues along with different traditions of knowledge, which are inevitably processes of decolonisation. In particular, women manifest their concerns within this framework: they form their works and discourses out of natural materials. They raise the word and translate what different living beings tell them. The exhibition shows moments of their actions and artefacts, such as textiles, ceramics, drawings, acoustic and audiovisual landscapes.

This exhibition project began its journey in Tartagal, a small city in Argentina's far north. The city inhabits thousands, including seven communities of Pueblos Originarios and non-indigenous people of diverse origins and backgrounds. In this territory, border enclave, that it is a synecdoche of another more extensive and porous, where present and past coexist, memories and resistance entwine. The confrontation between different ways of understanding nature implies a dispute for the future: either it is treated as a productive resource or as an entirety of which human beings are part.

With works by:

  • Collective Orembiapo Maipora in collaboration with Florencia Califano
  • Collective Thañí in collaboration with Guido Yanitto
  • Archive of the Radio Comunitaria La Voz Indígena, based on the research by Mariana Ortega in collaboration with Daniela Seggiaro and Cecilia Castro
  • Brayan Sticks in collaboration with Taller de Memoria Étnica and Instituto Terciario Nº 6029 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
  • Carlos 'Pajita' García Bes

Curated by Andrea Fernández

Download: Exhibition's booklet

Please note: Due to the Corona regulation, the ifa Gallery Berlin will be closed from November 2 und November 30, 2020.

Film trailer: Territorio

Teaser of the documentary essay 'Territorio' by Brayan Sticks about a battle which took place a century ago between the Argentinian army and indigenous warriors, who were led by the Toba-cacique Taikolic, resisting the occupation of the Gran Caco  region. In collaboration with Radio Comunitaria 'La Voz Indígena' and 'Taller de memoria étnica de la organización ARETEDE'. The full documentary essay was created for the exhibition 'The Listening and the Winds. Narratives and Inscriptions of the Gran Chaco'.

© Brayan Sticks in collaboration with Radio Comunitaria 'La Voz Indígena' and 'Taller de memoria étnica de la organización ARETEDE '

Programme focus 'Environment'

The ifa galleries' programme focus 'Environment' looks at traces left by colonisation and globalisation in our environment and encounters worldwide, local forms of resistance. The destruction of ecosystems, land grabbing, and the associated obliteration of cultural identities are addressed. Simultaneously, the strength of indigenous concepts of life and nature for shaping the future becomes apparent.

Address and Opening Hours

ifa Gallery Berlin
Linienstrasse 139/140
D-10115 Berlin 

Due to the Corona regulation, the ifa Gallery Berlin is closed until further notice.

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