Matter of South: Biomaterial Cultures from Latin America

13 Jul 2024 – 25 Aug 2024

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09:00 – 16:00
09:00 – 16:00
09:00 – 16:00
09:00 – 16:00
09:00 – 16:00

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The exhibition Matter of South (MoS) – Biomaterial Cultures from Latin America explores how biomaterial initiatives in Latin America harness culture and biodiversity to create new possibilities for the future through research on biofabricated materials. This endeavor aims to rewrite the human relationship with the immediate environment while questioning and providing alternatives to the established extractivist model.

Biomaterial Archive

At the center of this exhibition is the Biomaterial Archive, an installation featuring initiatives from Latin America through actual biomaterial samples and documentary records of different types of processes and manufacturing contexts found within the region. All elements are linked through a dynamic map that illustrates the diverse landscape of biomaterial initiatives from multiple locations. This collaborative, interdisciplinary network aims to document, connect, and showcase projects, groups, and individuals engaged in biomaterial and biomanufacturing explorations throughout the region.

In this section of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the diversity, uniqueness, and richness of biomaterial initiatives' development in different parts of Latin America, as well as to experience them sensorially. The Biomaterial Map is the result of extensive surveying and data analysis of over 200 biomaterial initiatives in the region, spanning a wide spectrum including products, art, academic research, and initiatives related to disseminating these practices among diverse audiences.

While the exhibition is taking place, the mapping process remains open and expanding to include new, previously unknown initiatives.

Biomaterial Manifesto

As part of the exhibition, a Biomaterial Manifesto will be presented, bringing together a series of discussions and perspectives by experts from different disciplines on various themes related to this emerging paradigm. There will also be a symposium and hands-on workshops led by subject matter experts.

The crafting of the Manifesto seeks to reveal a shared narrative that integrates different viewpoints, including their contradictions, regarding the current state of biomaterial practices, the predominant guiding principles, and the defining characteristics of these initiatives in the region.

The ultimate goal in developing the Manifesto is not to establish definitive conclusions that dictate an absolute or enduring truth, but rather to offer a snapshot of the collective efforts of individuals at this particular moment in time.

Platform Matter of South

Matter of South offers a platform for dialogue, creativity, and collaboration, inviting participants to explore the transformative potential of biomaterial cultures in Latin America. By highlighting local initiatives and fostering community engagement, the initiative aims to catalyze positive change and inspire more symbiotic practices between human and non-human entities within our environments.


Matter of South (MoS) – Biomaterial Cultures from Latin America is curated by Heidi Jalkh (Argentina), Gisela Pozzetti (Argentina) and Valentina Aliaga (Chile).

The exhibition is a project as part of the More than Human platform at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, curated by Claudia Banz.


A symposium and various workshops will be held as part of the exhibition.


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