Witnessing the Wilderness at Wimbledon Space, University of the Arts London

 

19 April - 17 May 2013

curated by Geraint Evans and Ian Brown

Participating artists: Aleksandra Mir, Dan Hays, George Shaw, Geraint Evans, Helen Sear, Ian Brown, James Ireland, Jacques Nimki, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Layla Curtis, Marko Maetamm, Simon Faithfull.

 

Witnessing the Wilderness was a group exhibition that interrogated our preconceptions of the wilderness, and the role of the artist as adventurer, witness and mediator. Wilderness is both physical topography and a social and cultural construct, promising an untrammelled refuge or a stage for physical challenge and heroic endeavour. Meanwhile, the growth of technologies brings wild places into clear view, allowing them to be witnessed remotely or experienced through mass tourism producing a complex and evolving definition.