April 16 –
May 16, 2020
The Word for World is Forest
Curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2020

The Word for World is Forest centers around world-building and takes alternative ways of being as its point of departure. The project turns to artistic practices that demand their own agency in constructing the present and future. The work investigates how speculative thinking can challenge dominant narratives. By looking to ways of being that value living with allied species in a conscious symbiosis, the project imagines an alternative world of mutual respect, care, and survival. Sofía Córdova, Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, Allison Smith, and Patrick Staff provide lenses for viewing time as malleable and circular—constructing a world where the future is, in fact, possible and within reach.

An exhibition catalog featuring an interview with Sofía Córdova, instructions for growing a garden of plants indigenous to the Americas by Beatriz Cortez, and essays by the curatorial cohort will be available as a free online pdf with physical copies available for purchase.

The Word for World is Forest will not be opening as a physical exhibition at the CCA Wattis Institute on April 16 due to the current shelter-in-place order by the City of San Francisco and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned to this website and the Wattis’ social media feeds for information on the exhibition catalog and virtual components of the project, including online programming. These will be linked from this website in the coming months, with a possible physical form to come later this year.

The Word for World is Forest is curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2020 Fiona Ball, Naz Cuguoğlu, Chloe Kwiatkowski, and Orly Vermes.
Sofía Córdova, dawn_chorusi, 2016-2020. 2 channel video, color sound. Courtesy of the artist
Sofía Córdova, dawn_chorusi, 2016-2020. 2 channel video, color sound. Courtesy of the artist