ART REVIEW: Fragile Earth: Seeds, Weeds, Plastic Crust @ MIMA, Middlesbrough | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Fragile Earth is at MIMA until Sunday 29th September

Thought-provoking and powerful, Fragile Earth reflects on the relationship between the land, plants, animals and humans.  Featuring video, installations, drawing, glass and sculpture from 19 artists across the globe ranging from the 1970’s to the current day, the exhibition invites you to ‘imagine the planet’s deep past and picture the fossils of the future being made today’.

On the ground floor of MIMA you’re carried off on a global journey with visually stunning works, such as Zina Saro-Wiwa’s profound Karikpo Pipeline 2015 – a five-channel video installation featuring a crop fertility dance by men in antelope masks, which examines the impact of the oil industries on the Niger Delta region – to Hartlepool-based artist Diane Watson’s striking wallpaper, made from the plastic objects she gathered on the Tees Valley coastline. Other artists exhibiting include Maria Thereza Alves, Zheng Bo, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Miriam de Búrca, Laura Harrington, Andy Holden, David Lisser, Shahar Livne, Anne Vibeke Mou, Otobong Nkanga, Uriel Orlow, Faiza Ahmad Khan and Hanna Rullman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Wayward.

When your journey’s over inside, outside you can relax and reflect with a cuppa among the fauna and foliage of The Barrow garden, created by the award-winning landscape art and architecture practice, Wayward.

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