Unpostponable: Narratives on Biodiversity

Unpostponable involves a series of artistic residencies and exchanges between organisations and collectives from the Gulf of Tribugá and organisations and collectives from other contexts that can contribute to the autonomous and sustainable future of the communities in this region. It is an initiative of Más Arte Más Acción as part of its commitment to the different spaces of dialogue and articulation that have taken place within the framework of the Alianza Nuquí, a community and inter-institutional alliance that contributes to the collective wellbeing of the territory in order to confront the threat of the Port of Tribugá.

After several study and discussion sessions between artists Fernando Arias and Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, biologists James Richardon and Esteban Álvarez and local biologist/ecologist Henrry Gonzalez, the group decided to create an animation as an interdisciplinary collaboration. During the pandemic, a series of virtual chats were held with other scientists to update the group on biodiversity, the effects of climate change and the particular case of the biodiverse forests of Chocó. When the travel ban was lifted,Tahuanty and Fernando, with the support of filmmaker Andrés Vélez, travelled to Nuquí for the residency. “Agueda”, an animated video, was the result of this collaboration.

“Agueda” personifies mother earth in the form of a snake, winding through the lush vegetation of one of the last tropical rainforests, perhaps the most biodiverse in the world. [The humans, represented by Tahuanty and disconnected from nature, fear it because they believe it is a dangerous snake and uses its fangs to inject venom”.

To see the complete video: https://vimeo.com/673767250

This project is part of the Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change program, funded by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and the Goethe Institut.

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