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July 17, 2017 to June 29, 2018


Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway
New York  New York  10027
United States
Wallach Art Gallery and Miller Theatre

Lina Puerta: Manigua

Lina Puerta, Matorral (2014).

Weeds serve as the inspiration for Lina Puerta's Botánico series, initiated in 2010. Nature, uncontrolled, can be found sprouting from all manner of abandoned urban space. Even as humans strive to exert control, or exterminate nature altogether, she responds with resilience. Mother Nature slowly reclaims the cracks and crevices.

The Botánico series explores this tension between humanity and the botanical world. Puerta uses artificial plants, designed to create maintenance-free and organized adornments, to mimic the unruly, uncontrollable bounty of weeds. Her installation Manigua (scrubland or swampy undergrowth) intervenes the venerable walls of this historic hall, suggesting forces gathering deep inside the building, overflowing and breaking the structure down to a pastoral ruin.

Watch this video to learn more about Lina Puerta and the installation.

Related event: Creative Conversation: Lina Puerta, October 17, 5:30pm