Stepping Softly on the Earth

Wed – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Preview 17 November, 5 – 8pm

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Stepping Softly on the Earth is a group exhibition developed through a collaborative research project that seeks to investigate land rights and the social and political agency of nature from non-extractivist perspectives. With an interdisciplinary approach, it focuses on practices that reveal worldviews at the intersections between land rights and climate justice, questioning and opposing Eurocentric and dominant narratives.

The project proposes to create space and time to build collaboration and in-depth co-creation of ideas relating to the interdependence of humanity and the natural world. It offers a platform to connect local, territorial and social struggles with pressing global concerns to imagine other possible realities that respond to more sustainable futures.

The R&D project includes an artist residency at La Escocesa, a research grant, two artists’ commissions, online events and five Research Labs developed by each partner organisation.

Brazilian artist Aline Baiana was invited to spend a month-residency at La Escocesa, Barcelona (October 2022). Colombian writer and cultural producer Beatriz E. Balanta was selected to develop her project Palo:Paila-Liquid Memories that will explore how Black people re-imagine concepts such as humanity, nature, life, and death in the face war and environmental disaster in the neighbourhood of Las Dos Aguas, in the town of Puerto Tejada near Cali, Colombia.

Stepping Softly on the Earth is a partnership between Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Capc Bordeaux (FR), La Escocesa (ES), Más Arte Más Acción (COL) and Pivô (BR). It is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international projects

South Shore Road Gateshead NE8 3BA

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18 November 2023—14 April 2024

FREE, donations welcome

  • Wed 10am – 6pm
  • Thu 10am – 6pm
  • Fri 10am – 6pm
  • Sat 10am – 6pm
  • Sun 10am – 6pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Hearing loop
  • Large-format print
  • Walking aids
  • Mobility scooters
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Adult changing facilities
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