“Expanded Nature: Making the Invisible Visible” invites readers to connect with other perspectives to bring us closer to our natural heritage

The publication, which brings together various creative perspectives on nature, is the result of the exhibition of the same name at the Centro Cultural La Moneda (CCLM) in Chile, during 2020-2021, which brought together sounds, textures, dance, images and stories to present the forgotten and invisible sides of the country’s natural heritage: from the scientific to the cultural, from the individual to the collective, from the tangible to the spiritual.

The digital publication seeks to create a deeper and more holistic definition of what we understand as natural heritage and includes conversations, “Sensory Archives of a Forest”,  with Beatriz Bustos O., Director of CCLM, and the curators of the exhibition Maya Errázuriz and Carlo Rizzo. In addition, it includes texts by Panamanian artist-facilitator Ela Spalding, titled “Suelo (Soil) as Meeting Point”, and curator Yasmine Ostendorf’s “The Oppressed Landscape”; both of whom are members of GALA (Green Art Lab Alliance). The results of the interactive piece “Naming New Natures” is also presented–an exercise in which the visiting public of the exhibition defined a variety of ways to interact with the natural environment through colors, adjectives and verbs. 

The exhibition that inspired the publication was born in 2019 as a joint investigation between Maya Errázuriz, Head of Art & Publications at FMA, and Italian curator Carlo Rizzo. They later invited four artists whose works enriched the discussion on the meaning of natural heritage: Gregorio Fontén, from the realm of sound; Miquel Moya, from the biocultural perspective; Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, with a reflection on the human-nature relationship; and Josefina Astorga, who highlights the spiritual dimension in nature.

The exhibition and the publication question traditional representations of nature and the concept of natural heritage, which tend to be synonymous with pristine, untouched and domesticated environments. Therefore, this publication returns to the question: what happens with the natural sphere that doesn’t fit into this idealized and romantic vision?

The Expanded Nature: Making the Invisible Visible exhibition was supported by Fundación Biodiversidad Alimentaria, Fundación Fungi, Geocom and Endémico Magazine. This digital publication was created on the occasion of the closure of the exhibition to continue expanding our notions of nature and the human and non-human, from the perspectives of art, science and culture.

Download the publication here