Emilia Beatriz’s exhibition at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts

Emilia Beatriz declarations on soil and honey

An artist from Puerto Rico's diaspora Emilia's practice moves between photography, moving image, text, sound and performance. Recent work explores embodied practice at intersections of 'care, cure and crisis' through textual, visual and sonic meditations on communication and listening tools, diasporic/multiracial experience and collective healing practices. Emilia Beatriz draws on ongoing research between Scotland and Puerto Rico in sites connected by military occupation, land struggle and environmental toxicity. CCA has commissioned a speculative narrative based on oral histories with beekeepers and sustenance farmers. Inspired by ‘historian as curandera’ methodology Emilia’s filmic installation - with sound design by Kiera Coward Deyell - weaves histories of empire, environmental loss, and failed infrastructure with ‘healing narratives’ reflecting on self-repair and moving through crisis, as a body, a collective body, an island. The work offers meditations on ecological resistance and interdependency, encoded in a moss and bee-based hum.

Emilia Beatriz declarations on soil and honey

A series of moss infrastructures inhabit and support a haptic experience in the space, suggesting moss as medicine and metaphor; as the soft top to peat bogs covering Cape Wrath retaining carbon in the ground; as a protective layer or filter; as blankets, insulation and wound dressings; as a diaspora that germinates through the wind.

Emilia Beatriz declarations on soil and honey

Sofía Gallisá Muriente’s film Assimilate and Destroy will also be screened sporadically - a film which speaks both socially and materially about how climate conditions memory through a salty, alchemical 16mm filmmaking process. We also launch a new Spanish/English 2HB journal with poetry by Daisy Lafarge and Nicole Cecilia Delgado.

Sofía Gallisá Muriente’s film Assimilate and Destroy

Emilia Beatriz (born 1988) lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s Fine Art Photography course in 2010. Recent exhibitions include: If You Can’t Share, No One Gets Any, with Cinenova & Carolyn Lazard, BL CK B X, LUX, London (2018), Reading Room, group exhibition El Lobi, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2017) , Todo Tipo De Fuego, Beta Local @ ISCP, group exhibition, New York (2015) and Attention/Deficit Reductionalism, with Florrie James, Intermedia, Glasgow (2014). 

The exhibition Emilia Beatriz declarations on soil and honey,is on display through 30 June 2019 at Centre for Contemporary Arts , 350 Sauchiehall Street , Glasgow G2 3JD, United Kingdom. Exhibition hours: Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12 noon-6pm // Free admission


Assimilate and Destroy by Sofía Gallísa
Wed 8 May, Fri 17 May, Sat 25 May, Sat 1 June, Fri 7 & 14 June, 11am-6pm, Wed 19 & 26 June, 11am-4pm, Free (unticketed) / All ages
Exhibition tour (quiet hour), Sat 22 June, 10am, Free but ticketed / All ages
Exhibition tour with BSL interpretation, Sat 22 June, 2pm, Free but ticketed / All ages
CCA’s Glasgow Seed Library will be open from Fri 14 June throughout CCA opening hours.