Join Union Hall and the Institute of Queer Ecology for a live-stream roundtable discussion with Shawn C. Simmons, the curator of Against Nature, and some of the featured artists. Moderated by Union Hall’s Chief Curator, Esther Hz, and facilitated by the Institute of Queer Ecology, we will discuss the exhibition and larger themes within the movement of queer ecology.
Against Nature explores the emerging field of queer ecology in response to prevailing ideas of human versus nature. As we face the climate crisis of today and tomorrow, each featured artist enacts their own utopian vision by reimagining the relationship between queer identity and nature. Featured artists include Dennis Doyle, Eden Kinkaid, Corinne Teed, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Frankie Toan.
Against Nature is on view at Union Hall through Saturday, April 22nd. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 pm.
The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) is an ever-evolving collaborative organism that seeks to bring peripheral solutions to environmental degradation to the forefront of public consciousness. IQECO projects are interdisciplinary but unified and grounded in the theoretical framework of Queer Ecology, an adaptive practice concerned with interconnectivity, intimacy, and multispecies relationality. The collective works to overturn the destructive human-centric hierarchies by imagining an equitable, multispecies future. The Institute of Queer Ecology was founded in 2017 by Lee Pivnik while he was studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. It is co-directed by Nicolas Baird, who joined the project shortly after its inception, and has continued to steer its growth and focus.