• Home
  • Event Listings
  • Near this event
  • Bookmarks
  • Competitions
  • Login/Register

The Ocean After Nature

Continuing the gallery’s 2017 programme Artist as Witness: Migrations, The Hugh Lane is proud to present The Ocean After Nature, curated by Alaina Claire Feldman. For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. This exhibition considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, economic, migratory, and cultural realities of a globalised world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.

Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the artists in The Ocean After Nature respond to the intertwined factors that define this new understanding of the ocean. The exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.