Rewilding Bodies: A Celebratory Exploration of Resilience and Transformation Through Illness
Sunday Sept 16, 2018
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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The works feature interviews with four chronically ill women and non-binary folks, pictured within landscapes through which they have found healing connection. Runs through 10/05.
Queer and chronically ill artist Cathy Rowsome will be presenting their most recent work, a project that came out of a residency with collaborator Eileen Shaughnessy at the Santa Fe Art Institute. The pair began by exploring the links between chronic illness and environmental destruction. “We found through exploring our own relationships with illness, and talking to other chronically ill people, that disconnection from healthy ecosystems, and living as part of poisoned or struggling ecosystems was at the root of our chronic illnesses in complex ways. We found that our inquiry quickly turned towards questions about colonialism. How has our position as white settlers on Turtle Island, whose ancestral roots and land-based traditions are far away, both geographically and generationally, influenced our relationship to the land here? How do our bodies carry the weight of the violent history of colonialism on this land, how have our bodies internalized colonial misogyny going back to the “burning times” in our ancestral homelands?”
The works on display will feature interviews with four chronically ill women and non binary folks, pictured within landscapes through which they have found healing connection. Using a mixture of printmaking and various drawing and painting media, the pieces tie together landscapes and ecosystems within the human world as well as in the realm of spiritual healing.
The opening night will feature live music and poetry from Eileen, Cathy and several of the project participants. Join us for an intersectional and nuanced exploration and celebration of being chronically ill in the world today.