Breaking Water

Friday, October 28, 2022
5 pm | Ruffin Gallery

Calista Lyon & Carmen Winant

UVA Ruffin Gallery • Oct 28 — Dec 9

Opening Reception • Fri, Oct 28, 5:00pm — 7:00pm

The collaborative work of Calista Lyon and Carmen Winant examines the profound psychological impact of ecological breakdown, with a particular focus on the interconnectedness of the water crises and the body. Both artists share an interest in the ways in which feminist and posthumanist perspectives have the potential to intervene within patriarchal and capitalist norms to radically shift the personal and political. Working from a research-based approach, Winant draws heavily on 1960s and ’70s ecofeminist traditions and the lesbian feminist separatist movement to build alternative image archives that center women, collectivism, and care. Lyon, on the other hand, reflects on ecology, environmental precarity, and the historical and present-day human exploitation of land in installations and performances combining found images, obsolescent technology, and reclaimed materials. 

Generously supported by: Ruffin Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Program, UVa Department of Art, and the UVa Arts Council