The Living Forest: UÝRA
May 11 – September 24
UÝRA (b. 1991, Santarém, Brazil) is a trans-Indigenous artist from Manaus who utilizes performance art and ancestral rituals to teach biodiversity, Indigenous rights, and environmental resistance to the local youth in the Amazons and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil and globally.
The Living Forest: UÝRA (A Floresta Viva: UÝRA) is their first solo exhibition in a US institution. The exhibition features a comprehensive selection of photographs and videos encompassing UÝRA’s entire artistic trajectory, with work from many of their past performances and recent appearances.
In their work, UÝRA uses organic elements (such as foliage, bark, fibers, plumage, and natural dyes) to create elaborate costumes that blur conventional separations between humans, animals, and plants. The hybrid creatures thus created freely move and operate between the forest and the city, ultimately commenting on the impact of anthropocentrism and industrialization.
Opening Day: Thursday, May 11
Visit the Currier for opening day and a performance by the artist UÝRA in the Winter Garden at 7 pm
Member Preview Day: Wednesday, May 10
Before the exhibition opens to the general public, we would like to invite our valued members to an exclusive first look with special tours during the day.
This exhibition is on view through September 24, 2023.
Funding provided by the Susan E. Strickler Exhibition Fund.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.