On View: June 16 – July 16, 2022
Gallery Hours: 12 – 3 pm PDT
The Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Photo credit: Mido Lee, To Hold, 2014
a) to draw forth (as by research);
b) to pull or take out forcibly;
c) to obtain by much effort from someone or something unwilling.
The Earth system has now entered the Anthropocene, a geological age in which plantation monocultures, pollution, and industrial-scale resource extraction are damaging or destroying vital ecological systems on which the planet and its biological diversity depend. Globally dominant modes of human existence are driving us towards ecological collapse. Due to our ethically untenable relationship to nature, the Earth System is in crisis. Moreover, large numbers of people who have done nothing to cause this crisis are most exposed to its consequences. Many come from cultural traditions that enrich and perpetuate healthy biodiversity as the means to ensure mutual ﬂourishing. These Indigenous ‘wisdom traditions’ are widely recognised for their sustainable world views and sophisticated understanding of our interdependence within the Earth System.
From this perspective, MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction seeks to amplify Indigenous worldviews specifically as they pertain to land relationship and sustainability by presenting art works by the Etochime Artist Collective that render the impact of extractive industries on the Harakbut Indigenous community from the region of Madre de Dios in the southern Peruvian Amazon- an area heavily impacted by contamination from the illegal gold mining boom of the past 20 years there. MINE will also present works relevant to thematics of resource extraction by San Francisco Art Institute alumni, the Bay Area having been an area heavily impacted by the Gold Rush of 1848-1855, thus drawing parallels between these distinct geographic locations with a shared extractive impact.
MINE aims to embrace a democratic and inclusive approach.
July 13, 2022, 10:30am PDT
Patsy Craig, Exhibition Curator
Pamela Axelson, BFA'72
Luis Fernandez, Executive Director of CINCIA (southern Peruvian Amazon)
Paul Glaviano, BFA'89, MFA'04
Liz Miller Kovacs, MFA'00
Stefanie Loveday, MFA'11
Michael Naify, MFA'17
Yesica Patiachi, Etochime Artist & Indigenous leader (Madre de Dios, Peru)
MINE: WHAT IS OURS IN THE WAKE OF EXTRACTION
THE MIDWAY GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Pamela Axelson, Stuart Bass, Anelice Cáceres Patiachi, Fermín Chimatani Tayori, Nakeyo Chimatani Lobon, Paul Glaviano, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Marie-Luise Klotz, Liz Miller Kovacs, Mido Lee, Stefanie Loveday, Rayner Joao Mikiri Sihui, Brandon Moqui Yamo, Michael Naify, Guadalupe Patiachi Tayori, Yesica Patiachi Tayori, Francis Quique Alvarez, Lisa T Reed, Siana Smith, Hannah Stahulak, Paul Sonque Mikiri, Supermrin, Hubert Tayori Takori, Luis Tayori Kendero, Percy Tayori Keddero, Anne Veraldi, Beth Davila Waldman, and Kathryn Williamson.
MINE: WHAT IS OURS IN THE WAKE OF EXTRACTION
Pamela Axelson, Olive Ayhens, Penelope Caldwell, Paul Glaviano, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Marie-Luise Klotz, Liz Miller Kovacs, Stefanie Loveday, Reagan D Pufall, Michal Sagar, Zack Sumner Schomp, Siana Smith, Hannah Stahulak, Supermrin, Beth Davila Waldman, and Zimo Zhao.
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Patsy Craig is a curator/producer, author/artist and an indigenous rights advocate. She has a background in ﬁne arts and cultural studies, having received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the USA and an MRES from Birkbeck College, University of London in the UK. For more than 15 years she has been cultivating cross-cultural collaborations throughout Europe, India, USA, and Peru in the ﬁelds of art, music, architecture, urbanism, and environmentalism. This has included publications, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, workshops, etc. Patsy has received grants for her work from Arts Council England (UK), Cultures France/ Institut Francais, & BNP Paribas (France), Goethe Institut (Germany), Graham Foundation & Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (USA), the Ministry of Culture & the United States Embassy (Peru), etc.
Notably, she edited and published Making Art Work (Trolley, UK), a book exploring the relationship between ideas and making that later became an exhibition at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, UK; and with the support of the Graham Foundation (USA) she produced a book based on her research in Chandigarh, India about the impact of European modernist design on traditional Indian culture.
Five years ago, Patsy focused her attention on environmental issues and Indigeneity. Her experience in 2016 with the indigenous-led environmental movement at Standing Rock, North Dakota (USA) inspired her to learn more about Native American culture and in 2017 with the support of the Goethe Institut she researched in this regard. In 2018, she collaborated with University College London (UK) to develop a project called the Flourishing Diversity (FD) providing platforms for indigenous voices. FD was launched in June 2019 at Gallery 46 in London with “The Invisible Forest,” an exhibition Patsy curated to make visible issues of environmental justice through the work of renowned indigenous Peruvian Amazonian artists. In October 2019 “The Invisible Forest” exhibition was presented in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA at the Bioneers Conference and at Dharma College in Berkeley.
In January 2020 Patsy founded AWA Galería in Cusco, Peru with the opening exhibition “The Sacred Forest” currently on exhibit at Dharma College. AWA presents contemporary and traditional art focusing on Indigeneity, environment, ancestral knowledge, and decolonisation providing access to cultural traditions that recognise, enrich, and perpetuate healthy biodiversity as the means to ensure mutual ﬂourishing. Currently Patsy is researching multiple aspects of Peruvian culture and developing various projects that amplify Indigenous world views drawing awareness to environmental issues in this regard.