The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents the exhibition in/humano (in/human), a critical vision of the problem of environmental protection today through the work of seventeen artists from around the world, such as Joseph Beuys, Douglas Gordon and Joel Sternfeld.

These artists have used photography, installation, video and object art as tools to establish diverse channels of identification between human beings and their natural environmental offering the spectator options and suggestions for drawing their own conclusions with respect to the situation of the environment.

For Gonzalo Ortega, curator of the show, the impossibility of a consensus on sustainability and ecology, intuited from many diverse directions by the artists in the exhibition, is noted in many of the works that have been brought together here.

Before becoming a victim of taking radical positions, many of them considered the possibility of a positive synchronization—and markedly independent—with their natural environment. Without falling into the romantic clichés of the “need to be ecological,” they have been able to articulate much more coherent messages than those of a green activism that are often highly euphoric and naïvely convinced.

Likewise, Ortega points out the stance of absolute freedom with which the majority have broken ties with the environmentalist clichés and have provided open channels to new ways of coming closer to, and interacting with, nature, in such a way that the works presented here clearly do not respond to a unified message of the relationship of human beings with the environment.

Each one of this group of artists approaches, from their own eyes, the environmental problem. One of them is the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon. He shows in the video installation Play Dead; Real Time (2003), the maltreatment of animals by presenting the image of an elephant enclosed in a white space wandering around quietly performing some kind of circus act. The highly contrasting scene allows the spectator to experience empathy towards the enclosed animal.

Another participant in the exhibition is the Finnish photographer Ilkka Halso who recreates imaginary scenes of an ecological catastrophe representing completely alienated landscapes. Among his proposals, he raises the possibility that in the near future, humanity will only be able to approach nature by visiting specialized museums.

The exhibition in/human also includes works by Catherine Bagnall, Joseph Beuys, Miguel Calderón, Alejandro Cartagena, Alfredo De Stefano, Charles Fréger, Shaun Gladwell, Rodrigo Imaz, Claudia López Terroso, Mike Meiré, Heather & Ivan Morison, Wayward Plants, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld and Tania Ximena.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, 11 July and will remain on view through Sunday, 2 November 2014.

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