The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Main Gallery, in partnership with Alternative Space LOOP in Seoul, South Korea, presents Sowing Worlds, a group exhibition featuring works by five artists based in the Bay Area alongside five artists based in South Korea starting December 9, 2022 and will be on view through February 11, 2023.
The effects of climate change have become ever clearer: massive wildfires, record breaking temperatures, floods, increasingly powerful storms, droughts and other calamities are taking place all over the world. How we move forward to address the changes occurring is a constant question, and at times, seem to falter at the scope of what is happening. At what point do we alter our lives to mitigate or halt the effects of climate change?
Sowing Worlds brings together artists who are thinking expansively and critically about living with climate change. The works in the exhibition explore sustainable agriculture, the intertwining legacies of colonialism and its effects on the land, and ancestral connection to a place in flux.
Sowing Worlds takes its title from a chapter in theorist Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, that draws on the work of authors Octavia Butler and Ursula LeGuin to speak to new ways of thinking and addressing climate change.
“Drawing upon artists and the arts has always been a fruitful way to think more creatively, with openness and compassion, on large issues like climate change,” states SFAC Galleries Associate Curator Jackie Im. “Climate change affects us all and artists are uniquely poised to be able to think speculatively about how we move forward as the world changes.”
Sowing Worlds is a companion exhibition to Sisters, We Grow, which was on view at Alternative Space LOOP in Seoul, South Korea from September 23 – October 23, 2022.
Both exhibitions feature work by Binta Ayofemi, Cristine Blanco, Heesoo Kwon, Emma Logan, Sun Park, Eunbi Kwon, Nayoungim & Gregory Maass, JongHeon Bae, Da-Seul Lee, and Go-Eun Im and was curated by Jackie Im, Sun Mi Lee, and Ji Yoon Yang.
Image credit: Da-Seul Lee, Hold me tight when a lark is up in the sky (detail), 2022.