Remedios: Where new land might grow
Opening program
April 14 – April 15, 2023
C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba

Brad Kahlhamer, "Bowery Nation", 2013. Photo: Gregory Goode, TBA21.
C3A Córdoba


Remedios stands for healing, reparation, restitution, recuperation, and the trust in the wholeness of life, a shared longing to heal this world into what it might become. With contributions from over forty artists that include Amazonian, Pacific, Indigenous American, Afro-diasporic, and European perspectives, the exhibition Remedios: Where new land might grow invites you to engage with works of art for solace, respite, and replenishment. The works, selected from the TBA21 Collection and the commissioning bodies TBA21 on st_age and TBA21–Academy, echo the curative paths of healers and elders who have politically, culturally, and spiritually guided communities through the remembrance of past wrongs toward reconciliation and the celebration of renewed worlding. To honor their contributions, the exhibition and public program are an invitation to explore our capabilities of holding and enacting spiritual and prophetic callings.
Friday, April 14, 2023
7 pm Remedios: Where new land might grow  Opening

Musical and poetic performance by Brad Kahlhamer with David Caro Torralba and Patricia Rezai
C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea

The performance + + DREAM BONES + + BOWERY NATION + + blends the spoken verses of MARIKAN+NDN+HORSE by Akimel O'odham and Mojave poet Natalie Diaz with the sounds of Andalusian music and the drones of electric guitar. Together they compose a hybrid tableau that couples romanticized notions of “Old West” landscapes with cinematic figures of “natives” and “cowboys”, traversing the ambiguous landscapes of culture and identity. With a nod to the Hollywood of Spain and the Spaghetti Westerns shot in and around Almeria, the piece extends to the four cardinal points, the axis mundi connecting the South to the North, and the West to the East.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
12 pm Meet the Artists 
With Gabriel Chaile, Courtney Desiree Morris, Brad Kahlhamer, Newell Harry, Mònica Planes, PLATA, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, and Klaus Weber, moderated by Daniela Zyman
In the assembly tent installation by Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin

At the very heart of Remedios is a kupixawa, a community tent offered by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto in collaboration with the Amerindian Huni Kuin people. “It is a place to be, to feel the life inside us, to connect to infinity and to others, to meet, to talk, to sing, to meditate, to rest, to pray... to give a hand, to listen, to love, the poetry, the sacredness, and the joy of being alive,” according to Neto. During our first gathering, we will ask ourselves: How can we pray, sing, think, and interpret the spirits of remedios? How can we imagine the possibility of unceasing world renewal, healing, and remediation and suspend modernity’s devastating legacy? How do we dare to interrupt the cycle of constant undoing and destruction that is at the heart of progress?

5 pm Bendición A ritual performance offering 
Procession by Courtney Desiree Morris with Martin Perna, Helena Martos, Antonio L. Pedraza, percussion by Daniel Sánchez Pérez and Rafael de la Mata, and participation of ESAD and Coro Brouwer
Meeting point at Arco del Triunfo and parade to C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea

Bendición is a ritual performance paying homage to Yemaya, the Mother of the Ocean Orisha (deity) in Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion rooted in Yoruba culture and brought to the Americas, mainly Cuba and Brazil, by enslaved Africans. Connecting to the rich processionary traditions in Andalusía, the ritual enacts a collective offering to the Orisha, celebrated with dance, song, and music. Yemaya has many caminos (paths) that represent different aspects of her power and divinity, as well as the different natural landscapes she inhabits. In Bendición, the procession led by Courtney Desiree Morris with Martin Perna, Helena Martos, Antonio L. Pedraza, percussion by Daniel Sánchez Pérez and Rafael de la Mata, and participation of ESAD and Coro Brouwer parades through the streets of Córdoba, emphasizing celebration and offering as well as mourning and prayer as transformative stages of healing, that invoke Yemaya's feminine and fertile powers.
Daniela Zyman
Free for public participation