Nilbar Güreş’s works are being exhibited as part of “And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?” at Kunsthalle Wien until September 26.
“And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?” writes the Chilean poet, artist, and activist Cecilia Vicuña in an untitled poem from the late 1960s/early 1970s. With this question Vicuña counters anthropocentric and hetero-patriarchal urges with healing and appreciation, reviving the aesthetic and spiritual bonds between human and non-human entities and worlds.
In keeping with these aspirations, the exhibition curated by Miguel A. López, reflects on the rationale of exploitation, the fast-paced mining of raw materials, and environmental destruction as a colonial legacy. It tells the story of Indigenous struggles for collective survival and celebrates encounters defined by solidarity in their resistance to misogyny, imperialist violence, and state oppression.