Galápagos Exhibition at CAM, Lisbon

18 apr 2013

Jyll Bradley, Paulo Catrica, Filipa César, Marcus Coates, Dorothy Cross, Alexis Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Tania Kovats, Kaffe Matthews, Semiconductor, Alison Turnbull

Exhibition 19 April 2013 – 7 July 2013 at Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon

Curated by Bergit Arends and Greg Hilty.

Twelve international artists visited Galápagos. Their surprising perspectives on the environmental and cultural reality of these distant islands question our relationship with a changing natural world.

A website with themes, stories, images and information from the exhibition of the artists’ work and accompanying publication, plus additional material by the artists, can be found at:

Between 2007 and 2011, twelve leading artists visited the Galápagos Islands as part of the Gulbenkian Galápagos Residency Programme. Each artist was given free rein to connect with the Islands in the way most appropriate to their individual curiosity and distinct practice.

Artists Jyll Bradley, Paulo Catrica, Filipa César, Marcus Coates, Dorothy Cross (with actorFiona Shaw), Alexis Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Tania Kovats, Kaffe Matthews, Semiconductorand Alison Turnbull spent time on Galápagos – diving with sharks or studying butterflies, working with botanists to develop gardens with local people, or canvassing, from a bird’s point of view, people’s opinion on ‘human colonisation’ for Galápagos TV. The material they found inspired new work – providing insights into the complex social and environmental challenges that impinge on the archipelago’s fragile ecosystem.

Galápagos, the exhibition, has already toured The Bluecoat, Liverpool, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and now arrives at Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon.

The Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists’ Residency Programme and Galápagos exhibition were organised by the Galapagos Conservation Trust in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Additional support has come from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Natural History Museum.


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