This conversation took place at the opening of “After Nature,” an exhibition of Claudia Comte’s work, curated by Chus Martínez, held at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, May 11 to August, 22, 2021
The conversation covers all the steps of this three-year project, from the first expedition in the seas of Aotearoa (New Zealand) aboard the vessel Dardanella in 2018, to the development of the Alligator Head Foundation by TBA21–Academy, in Jamaica. But also Comte’s residency in the marine conservationist institution, which consequently gave birth to the exhibition at the MNTB. The conversation unpacks the depths of production development, from the use of tropical wood to the renders for the multimedia installation, the artist’s personal motivation, and the implications of working with the local community. Equally, this conversation addresses the necessity of creating new forms of knowledge that take the ocean and non-human forms of life as a new framework for culture and art.