Serpentine Pavilion Saturday 13 July 2023, 11am-5.30pm Price: £15, £12 conc.

Interdisciplinary conversations on art, agriculture, gardens and burials.

A Gathering on Art and Land is a day centring art and design-led approaches to planting, farming, seeding, gardening and burying. Through conversations and presentations, the event explores our relationship to the land, using ground and soil practices to start ecological conversations and reveal their potential for transformation, regeneration, and hope.

This gathering advocates for imagination and coexistence with the non-human world, platforming alternative ways of understanding and relating to the land in the face of a destructive, globalised discourse. Highlighting the importance of creativity, Indigenous land management and communal engagement, A Gathering on Art and Land underscores the transformative power of culture and stewardship, emphasising how artists engage directly with the earth in their practices.

Confirmed participants include:

– Artist Sky Hopinka discussing Native American burial practices and land relations in the context of, and the shortcomings of, the Native American Graces and Protections Act.

Caroline Jones in-conversation with Lucia Pietroiusti talking about Weird Cuttings, or Invisibilities and the Anthropocene.

– Art historian Carla Subrizi talking about Gianfranco Baruchello and his pioneering practice in agriculture and farming, and technologist, urban greening activist, gardener and the founder of Nowadays On Earth Kalpana Arias in-conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

– Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA discussing his exhibition Suspended States and his ongoing commitment to environmentalism and interdisciplinary exchange in his practice.

Guest Artists Space (G..A.S.) Foundation alumni Graeme Smith and Remi Kuforiji in-conversation with Belinda Holden discussing their work on the residency, responding to the site-specificity of the G.A.S. Foundation residency in Nigeria.



11am Introductions

11:15am Sky Hopinka

12.00pm Caroline Jones in-conversation with Lucia Pietrouisti

1pm Carla Subrizi and Kalpana Arias in-conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

3pm Yinka Shonibare CBE RA in-conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

3:45pm G.A.S. Foundation takeover: Remi Kuforiji and Graeme Smith in-conversation with Belinda Holden

5pm TBA

5:30pm END


The Infinite Ecologies Marathon is a long durational project that looks at the world-building potential of culture in the face of ecological destruction. Committing to working towards planetary thriving, this interdisciplinary series centres artist-led reimaginings for environmental action.

Ecologies is Serpentine’s new interdisciplinary department, focusing on developing a holistic, flexible and adaptive approach to embedding environmental purpose throughout Serpentine’s programmes, infrastructure and networks. Our mission is to place culture right into the heart of environmental efforts, and environmental commitment can steer the cultural sector. Ecologies was born from the learnings of the General Ecology project and Back to Earth.

BSL interpretation is available upon request. Please get in touch at [email protected] if you would like to request this.


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