The Ecologies of Peace - The Goma
The Ecologies of Peace

Cristina Garrido
The Ecologies of Peace
Group exhibition
Curated by Daniela Zyman
TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary/
C3A, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba

Amid loss, mourning, and the ravages of war, the yearning for peace becomes ever more urgent. And yet, peace, once a beacon of hope alongside freedom, sovereignty, and democracy, now finds itself ensnared in a web of contested ideas and polarizing demands. The Ecologies of Peace frames peacefulness beyond the binary of war and peace to take note of the interrelations and dis/continuities that emerge at a collective moment of rethinking the world. The exhibition highlights alternative approaches through which to cultivate peaceful relations by considering the profound interplay of peacebuilding with restorative, abolitionist, epistemological, and ecological justice. By disentangling peace from “war,” that is its traditional association with “hot” inter- and intrastate armed conflict, and instead recognizing war as encompassing colonial subjugation; occupation; the creation of segregated enclaves, where marginalized communities are confined; the militarized imposition of force during civil protests; gender-based violence; and violent extractive practices leading to ecocide, The Ecologies of Peace attempts to offer a deeper understanding of the transformational work of peace. This perspective suggests that peace does not only entail an end to warfare, but also attending to and devoting social and individual practices to addressing, reconciling, and repairing the losses, injuries, and wounds that haunt both postconflict and preconflict societies.