What makes a relationship toxic?
A relationship is toxic when one member is passive and the other actively exploitative.
A relationship is toxic when there is no mutual listening.
A relationship is toxic when there is no nurturing.
A relationship is toxic when there is no honesty.
A relationship is toxic when one member takes and takes without giving much back.
If we think of our relationship with nature, then we could easily argue that it is the perfect definition of a toxic one.
In this exhibition, we use mass produced and non-biodegradable materials to illustrate our unequal dialogue with nature. We depend on her, cannot live without her, even though she can easily live without us. We are conscious about our actions, we live in the comfort of our decisions, we know that we are causing pain, yet we brush it aside because it makes us a little too uncomfortable to face the discomfort we cause. A discomfort that looks like rampant wildfires, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, climate refugees, unprecedented endless droughts, poor air quality, extreme weather conditions, and the brutal contamination of every ecosystem, including our bodies, with plastic and micro-plastics. More than discomfort, we have set ablaze an entire global crisis.
We are dancing with nature while we are also dancing with the same things that are killing her.
We are not partners, we are not even allies, we are accomplices.
This is a recognition of our cheating.
Say it along with us —They are not cheaters,
We are all cheaters in this relationship.
Photographers: Victoria Casalduc, Haidé Costa i Villaró, Carissa Díaz Alemán, Paula Ferrer Bech, Mónica Karina Gómez, Carolina Kadich, Vivian Lachner Gasten, Cynthia Lühr, Dihue Miguens, Antónia Nascimento, Denisse Ariana Pérez, Andrea Rosero Suárez, Yao Rui Jiang.
Curatorial Team: Paula Ferrer Bech, Carolina Kadich, Vivian Lachner Gasten, Cynthia Lühr, Dihue Miguens, Antónia Nascimento, y Denisse Ariana Pérez.