The installation by Ingrid Cuestas, winner of the Open Call “Visions of transformations to sustainability”, will be presented in São Paulo

31. October 2022

© Goethe-Institut São Paulo

In 2021, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) collaborated for the first time on a cultural project situated at the interface between art and science. A prize was offered for a new, digital media artwork on the theme of “Visions of Transformations to Sustainability.” From the 15 international applications received, a jury of experts selected the project Earth we are and shall return by the Colombian artist Ingrid Cuestas. The work was presented for the first time at the International Sustainability Transitions (IST) conference in Karlsruhe on October 7, 2021 and will now be exhibited at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo as part of Brazil’s largest and most important festival on sustainability, the Virada Sustentável.

Earth we are and shall return is an hybrid art installation that addresses the importance of food sovereignty for a healthy society that lives in harmony with nature. The installation is a synaesthetic provocation that calls for an examination of our ecological impact on the world. It is also an appeal for healing to our society today to enable future life on our planet. The artist Ingrid Cuestas presents a virtual space, a biochemistry laboratory, in which the recordings of an experimental process are shown: The creation of edible biopolymers developed by the artist herself. The digital space is a mystical world in a meta-universe, full of alchemical, spiritual and shamanic symbols.

Library Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Rua Lisboa, 974
05413-001 São Paulo

3 to 19 November
Monday to Friday: 2pm to 4pm (admission until 3:45 pm)
Saturday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (admission until 1:15 pm)

About the Virada Sustentável Festival
The Virada Sustentável programme includes art, culture and education activities that provide citizens with a positive and inspiring perspective on sustainability and sustainable development in different areas and contexts. In line with the 2030 Agenda and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals formulated by the UN, the festival also strengthens existing local networks that promote environmental and social transformation.


Earth we are and shall return, 2021-2022
29. March 2022