“As curators, we were interested in working with artists on site-specific time-based projects. It’s always very inspiring to use artistic practice to address complexities on different levels, to highlight the current state of affairs. To invite an artist for research means to allow a new approach, a particular angle to a certain topic, to be developed. Adding a notion to the current political, environmental and social situation, Tulum happens to be a microcosmos where many of these topics, including gentrification, the natural environment and political realities collide, making this place a fertile ground for ideas, dialogue and artistic contributions.
Tulum is on the verge of becoming either a Utopia or a Dystopia.
A Utopia in the sense it could be a leading example to the world on sustainable living and development and a dystopia if it succumbs to unbalanced forces of power and forced perspective.
There is a dark side to paradise. The ecosystem is fragile and under constant attack by construction and corruption. At the same time there are those fighting to protect it by making stricter laws of engagement with the environment or through activism, film making and reporting.
We need to collectively act, in Tulum and beyond, in order to safeguard our natural environment and preserve cultural histories.
- Curators 2018