31/08/2024 – 08/12/2024,

nicolás paris: Manigua

, Kunsthalle Münster

Nicolás Paris, Protobosque, 2023, single-channel video, color, loop


“There has never been so much talk about the ‘planet,’ the ‘climate’, the ‘global environment,’ as at the very moment when we find ourselves locked in the smallest of worlds, the world of engineers. Never has there been so much talk about ‘climate diplomacy’ as when everything is being judged by calculations and algorithms. […]

[…] We are left gazing at screens to contemplate the disaster. And our eyes weep. The devastation of the world has become an object that we watch from ‘above,’ from our satellites. In any case, we are strangers to it. Cut off from the sensuous world. […]

[…] Moreover, what do we see from so high up, via these satellite data-feeds? Not a forest full of life, that’s for sure, nor the profusion of plants, nor the teeming life of the soil. […]

[…] In the new religion of ‘green energy’ and smart grids, the authorities claim to be working towards the goal of survival, but it is nothing other than even tighter control of the population. More smart meters, connected objects and sensors. This is the idea of governmental power: predicting everything, calculating everything – in other words, reducing everything to economics. Starting from where we are living, and where we are struggling, what we are gambling on is the radical opposite. Not everything is calculable, not everything is economics. There are beings and things on all sides that resist this total equivalence. Living forces that can no longer stand this existential eradication.”
(Jean-Baptiste Vidalou, We Are Forests. Inhabiting Territories in Struggle, 2023)

Nicolás Paris (born in 1977, in Bogotá, Colombia) works primarily in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects closely linked to questions of education and pedagogical strategies. His artistic practice includes drawings, videos, workshops, installations, object art, text and performance. The focus of his work is on the structure of classrooms and pedagogical concepts. Having worked as a teacher in rural Colombia for several years, Paris sees art as a form of dialogue in which experiences can be shared. His works have been shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2019), CaixaForum, Barcelona (2017), Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2018), Museu Berardo, Lisbon (2015), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013), El Museo Del Barrio, New York (2019–2020), MACBA, Barcelona and XII Havana Biennial (2015), Grazer Kunstverein (2014), Manchester International Festival (2013), 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

Curator: Merle Radtke

Opening: 30/8/2024, 6:00 PM

The exhibition is supported by:

The programme of the Kunsthalle Münster ist supported by the Friends of the Kunsthalle Münster.