A case study for community-oriented artistic research into the cultural, spiritual, and ecological trajectories of waterways.
Forthcoming from the MIT Press
Sofia Lemos is a curator and writer. Between 2021–2023, she was Curator at TBA21–Academy, where she led the communities-oriented art and ecology research program Meandering. From 2018–2021, she was Curator of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary and was Associate Editor at The Contemporary Journal. Lemos was Associate Curator of Public Programmes to the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art—RIBOCA (2020), with previous curatorial and research roles at Contour biennale 8, HKW, Berlin, PRAXES, Berlin, DRAF, London, and MACBA, Barcelona. Her writing has appeared in Art-Agenda, Frieze, Mousse, and numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs.
TBA21–Academy is a contemporary art organization and cultural ecosystem fostering a deeper relationship to the Ocean through the lens of art to inspire care and action.
There is a special relationship between rivers and imagination. Both bring life to the Earth, mix climates and territories, disrupt hierarchies, and produce the unity of all places. This book is an ode to the power of rivers (and their earthly imagination), which never stop creating.
Emanuele Coccia, Philosopher and author of The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture
Meandering is an engaged and meaningful collaborative project that swerves away from colonial history to bravely seek that elsewhere. A beautiful way to pursue living and embodied research practice. A brilliant watery collection that meanders with care into the pastpresent-future in order to find the gentle and illuminated space of the decolonized beyond.
Macarena Gómez-Barris, Endowed Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, and author of The Extractive Zone