The Word for World is Forest
May 14 –September 14, 2020

Curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2020

Featuring works by Sofía Córdova, Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, Allison Smith, and Patrick Staff

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 is available as a free pdf with physical copies available to purchase. The catalog features an interview with Sofía Córdova, an essay and instructions for growing a garden of plants indigenous to the Americas by Beatriz Cortez and Elizabeth Pérez Márquez, a text by Allison Smith about her ritual instruments featured in the project, field notes from Northern California burn zones by Gavin Kroeber, and essays by the curatorial cohort.

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.


Additional information about a possible physical exhibition will be available in the coming months.