NestGen Ecological Biennale Project
The NestGen Ecological Project was created and curated by Leonor Anthony in 2014 in partnership with the Florida International University Honors College. The first exhibit took place November 15th to December 15th 2014, in the Sculpture Garden of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. In 2016, the FIU Honors College and the FIU College of Engineering and Computing joined the NestGen Ecological Project in a collective fusion of environmental concern through art.
The exhibit is a response to serious threats to human, plant, and animal life, and to the health of the entire ecosphere in all its beauty and complexity, including the processes that create and shape life’s diversity. It is this grave and growing peril that underlines the artistic expression of this project.
The project is comprised of a diverse group of internationally established contemporary artists seeking to raise awareness of the urgency of environmental preservation through the aesthetical interpretation of nests. The goal is to support education, advocacy, communication, and interaction with the public using art as the vehicle. Through artistic installations the project seeks to incorporate a call to a collective conscience regarding our planet and the promotion of reuse, reduce and recycle principles. The aim is to build a creative laboratory – an eco sustainable exchange of materials, ideas and themes in order to motivate consciousness.
Why nests? Nests are places of refuge utilized by animals to procreate and care for their descendants. Nests, created piece by piece, signify a place of comfort, a place of peace. We start with the premise that life on Earth has entered its most precarious phase in history. We are aware of serious threats not only to human life, but to the lives of all species of plants and animals and of the entire ecosphere in all its beauty and complexity, including the processes that create and shape lifes diversity. Its is the grave and growing threats to the health of our beautiful planet that motivates our activities.View Photos
Student Alliance for Prison Reform @ FIU
The Student Alliance for Prison Reform is a network of students and student organizations from universities across the country with the mission of supporting initiatives to bring about change in the US criminal justice system. The exhibit took place on November 2016 at Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus.
Leonor Anthony was deeply moved by the thought provoking Netflix original documentary 13th, in which scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. She chose installation art in order to transform the high traffic space and maximize its impact.
Artists 4 Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and perceived systemic racism towards people of color and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.The rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and its success in fostering a national conversation about race and policing is an encouraging step in the long road to criminal justice reform and an end to mass incarceration.
Artists 4 Black Lives Matter is a collaboration of artists, including Leonor Anthony, who use art work and dedication in order to foster a national conversation about race and policing and issues pertaining to Black Lives Matter. The exhibit encompasses visual art, poetry, song, and spoken word. The work is meant to provoke introspection into our perceptions of history, from where we have been, to where we are and would aspire to be; the goal is to inspire.
The Artists for Black Lives Matter exhibit took place in April 2016 at N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery in Miami, Florida.