ARTIST TALK “Lost & New Horizons | Re-Imagining Houston’s New Ecologies” at POST Houston

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ARTIST TALK “Lost & New Horizons | Re-Imagining Houston’s New Ecologies” at POST Houston

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Free

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM: Artist Henry G. Sánchez and Jaime González host a conversation on what is necessary for a healthy biodiverse ecosystem amidst Houston’s urban sprawl in the X-Atrium at POST Houston as part of the “Climate Migrations” exhibition now on view.

What happened to the Eden of the Texas Gulf Coast, before the European colonists appeared? Can Houston return to the “pristine” before 1492, and did it ever exist? Jaime and Henry talk about the types of ecologies — past and present — evident in Houston and what it means now in the age of globalization and rapid, cascading change.

Jaime González is an award-winning ecologist, environmental educator, communicator, and collaborative leader who has worked in the Houston and Texas conservation movement for 25 years. His work centers on restoring and teaching about nature for climate resilience, human health and wellbeing, and wildlife support – particularly in disinvested communities. He is also passionate about connecting children into the wonders of nature and placemaking through restoration, storytelling, and photography. Jaime proudly serves as board chair for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the institution that sets the standards for high quality environmental education in the US and beyond.

Henry G. Sánchez is a Houston-based interdisciplinary social practice artist. He is the founder of the Bio-Art Bayou-torium, (2018-present), a bilingual, socially engaged bio-art project constructed in a shipment container along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou. The Bayou-torium’s mission is to foster stewardship of Houston’s Bayous from residents of Houston’s Hispanic East End neighborhoods. From 2015-2022, Sánchez established the Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art (L.O.C.C.A.), in Houston’s East End as a programming space for artists and social justice activists to collaborate on issues confronting the Latino/a/x, Hispanic and Mexican-American community experience. Sánchez created the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT (2012-2018, in Brooklyn, New York), another social bio-art project that proposed community-based strategies to introduce bio-remediation in a Superfund site called Newtown Creek. Sánchez is 2014 M.F.A. graduate of Art Practice in Interdisciplinary Arts, from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York. He was the 2022-23 inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership in Houston, TX.

“Climate Migrations” is a public art and public history project designed around the subject of climate-change-fueled migration, designed to connect artists, scholars, activists, and communities to explore, interrogate, imagine and expose the connection between climate change and displacement, travel, and making new homes.

The rotating and multi-site exhibit will look at the intersections of ecological disaster and migration in both the human and more-than-human worlds. It asks: what kinds of relationships and coordinations, temporal and otherwise, are disrupted in climate migrations? What are those projects that create displacement and, conversely, what kinds of new landscape relations are formed through displaced groups in new homes? What kinds of interdisciplinary experience and skills can help tell the stories of climate migration, like that of Gulf Coast mangrove forests moving north? As the climate crisis accelerates, climate shocks and cascading changes trigger the unprecedented displacement of human and more-than-human populations. Commonly used figures predict 200 million climate refugees by mid-century, approximately ten times the number of people displaced by environmental disaster per year currently. As countries throughout the world grapple with migratory crises today, skepticism around their ability to equitably mitigate the expected change in the future permeates.

The “Climate Migrations” project also seeks to explore these processes of displacement and travel within Houston. As a site of dense historic and contemporary migration and exchange, what do climate migrations look like in Houston? Can dominant visions, stories, and histories of Houston be remade through stories of migration and transition?

Houston has long been a center of transition; its edges, spaces, patches, and people have shifted and continue to shift. The context of climate migration begs the question: Is Houston a city in Texas, or something else entirely? We imagine it as a convergence zone with a tangled and frayed history; a confluence of colonization, land rights, war, water, ecological precarity, histories of museums, state policy, and fossil capitalism.

Artists and Contributors: Mashal Awais, Zain Awais, Lina Dib, Valentina Jager, Naomi Kuo, Julia Barbosa Landois, Cin-Ty Lee, Matt Manalo, Reynier Leyva Novo, Henry G. Sánchez, Saúl Hernandez Vargas

Co-organizer: Erika Mei Chua Holum, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Assistant Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum

HCJM Contributors: Aaron Ambroso, Tiffany Jin, Ayra Matondang, Hadley Medlock, Skyler Smith

Exhibit Hours: Mon-Tue: Closed; Wed: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Thu-Sat: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sun: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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POST Houston
401 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77201 United States
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