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Conversations@Moore: Ecology, Climate Change and Public Art with Ernesto Pujol & Sarah Kavage

Conversations@Moore: Ecology, Climate Change and Public Art with Ernesto Pujol & Sarah Kavage
Monday, January 27th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Graham Auditorium, Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia

Join us on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 6:30–8 pm at Moore College of Art & Design’s Graham Auditorium for Conversations@Moore, featuring Ernesto Pujol and Sarah Kavage

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Both Pujol, an artist and social choreographer, and Kavage, a Seattle-based visual artist and cultural organizer, create work within the intersection of climate change and public art. They will each share short presentations and speak in conversation. The event will also serve as a public launch for a tri-state arts initiative organized by the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River (AWE), of which Kavage is a lead artist, made possible with major support from the William Penn Foundation. Following the artists' presentations, Anuradha Mathur will lead a moderated discussion.

This FREE event is part of our ongoing Conversations@Moore public program series, organized by Moore College of Art & Design's Graduate Studies programs in Socially Engaged Art. For more information, visit

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Social choreographer Ernesto Pujol is known for durational performances as public portraits of peoples and places facing challenging issues and threats. Pujol designs immersive cultural experiences carefully crafted with elements of walking, stillness, silence, and mindful gestures. In 2018, he led a Listening School resulting in a participatory performance called The Listeners during the River to River Festival in New York. Since 2006, Pujol has served as an interdisciplinary, creative consultant with Para la Naturaleza, the former Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. First, researching and curating the permanent historical exhibitions of a new coastal valley nature reserve in a former slave-based, colonial, sugar cane plantation: Hacienda La Esperanza de Manatí. And since 2017, co-designing a national, native reforestation program called Hábitat in response to climate devastation, as well as co-leading a cycle of island-wide conversations known as Ecotonos Rodantes, seeking to support and sustain hundreds of ecological caregivers. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions (2012) and Walking Art Practice (2018). The artist now lives in Philadelphia.

Sarah Kavage is a Seattle-based visual artist and cultural organizer whose practice addresses place, ephemerality, and ecology. She uses large scale creative gestures and social engagement to shape public dialogue and interact with the life of the street and the natural world. Kavage has spent over 15 years using culture to interpret and investigate the Duwamish River, which runs through the Seattle area. She is currently serving as Duwamish River Artist in Residence for the City of Tukwila. In 2006, in collaboration with Nicole Kistler and the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), she created the Living Barge Project to call attention to the co-existence of nature and industry on the river, and to build a dialogue around its history and future. In 2015, she, Kistler, and ECOSS produced Duwamish Revealed, a site-specific outdoor exhibition and performance series that commissioned over 40 artworks and 3 large community events along and about the Duwamish. Kavage is currently working as a lead artist for the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River, to plan and design a series of ecological artworks for multiple environmental centers throughout the watershed. The work will use natural materials found in the different parts of the watershed to create public spaces that will be activated with performances, community gatherings, teachings, and conversations. 

Anuradha Mathur is an architect and landscape architect based in Philadelphia and Bangalore. Her work is focused on how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also opportunities that its ubiquity offers for new visualizations of terrain, and resilience through design. This focus has guided her collaborative research, practice, and teaching with her partner Dilip da Cunha in diverse cultural milieus such as Mumbai, Jerusalem, the Western Ghats of India, Sundarbans, Coastal Virginia, and most recently the US–Mexico border. She is author, with Dilip da Cunha, of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and co-editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014).

Pictured: Ernesto Pujol from the durational public performance Speaking in Silence, Honolulu, 2011. Photo: Ernesto Pujol.


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