For the Istanbul Biennial, Suzanne Husky is sharing a new film pushing the idea of the earth as a sacred site, as well as a rug that depicts the web of life and regenerative land management practices using narrative folk iconography. Husky’s film Earth Cycle Trance, led by Starhawk focuses on the figure of Starhawk, a feminist writer, ecofeminist, witch, priestess and sacred earth activist. In the film, Starhawk leads viewers through a ritual trance that channels through a cycle of growth, death and regeneration. Husky draws from Starhawk’s attunement to a mode of human behaviour that goes beyond species-exceptionalism and communes ethically and holistically with the people, land and ecosystems around us.

Suzanne Husky (b. 1975, Bazas, France) is based in San Francisco, USA and Bazas, France. Trained in horticulture, permaculture and herbalism, Husky is a multimedia artist whose work addresses people’s relationships to the natural environment. The works revisits cultural representations, informed by ethnobotany and plant knowledge. She’s a founder of the artistic duo Le Nouveau Ministère de l’Agriculture (The New Department of Agriculture) that creates subversive art work on agribusiness and agtech. Husky has shown in Bay Area Now 5 at YBCA, San Francisco, the De Young Museum, Southern Exposure, Out of the Box Biennale, Switzerland; The Headlands Center for the Arts.

EXHIBITED WORKS

Regeneration, 2019
Wool rug
300 × 300 cm
Courtesy the artist.
Commissioned by the 16th Istanbul Biennial.
Produced with the support of Berrak & Nezih Barut. Presented with the support of Institut Français.

Earth Cycle Trance, led by Starhawk, 2019
Video 32’
Courtesy the artist.
Commissioned by the 16th Istanbul Biennial.
Produced with the support of Berrak & Nezih Barut.
Presented with the support of Institut Français.

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