Anthology as Cosmology

Edited by Kateryna Botanova and Quinn Latimer

Amazonia as a place, a subject, a point of view, and a socio-ecological world.

Distributed for Sternberg Press




Amazonia as a place, a subject, a point of view, and a socio-ecological world.

The writers, thinkers, elders, artists, and activists contributing to this book are all concerned with Amazonia as a place, a subject, a point of view, and a socio-ecological world. A collection of voices, images, lands, waters, and spirits (both human and nonhuman), this book attempts to understand language in an extended sense—where writing, thinking, and art-making take the form of essays, poetry, images, testimonies, and hybridized other.

The anthology comprises two distinct narrative sections, temporal structures, and points of view: the River and the Forest. The river is a kind of timeline, a sentence, a thread (of water) winding its way through the book, exploring indigenous thought and histories, issues of memory, erasure, rights and cultural practice, as well as the notion of ancestors and activism. The space of the forest, meanwhile, is represented as one of oral testimony and conversation, of voices speaking inside the present, in a kind of circular time in which past and future both impress upon and constitute the current uncertain moment. These voices include recorded conversations with elders, shamans, artists, and thinkers, as well as poetry, oral testimony, and artistic works from Amazonia that use the forest as both ground and cover.


$29.95 T ISBN: 9783956796111 352 pp. | 8.25 in x 10.25 in 136 color illus., 10 b&w illus.

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Kateryna Botanova

Kateryna Botanova is a Basel-based cultural critic and curator from Kyiv, Ukraine. She is a cocurator of the multidisciplinary cultural festival Culturescapes (Basel, Switzerland).

Quinn Latimer

Quinn Latimer is a poet and critic from California. Her writings and readings have been featured widely, including at Chisenhale Gallery, London; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Qalandiya International, Ramallah/Jerusalem. Her books include Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder, coedited with Adam Szymczyk (Sternberg Press, 2014); Sarah Lucas: Describe This Distance (2013); Film as a Form of Writing, with Akram Zaatari (2013); and Rumored Animals (2012). Latimer is editor in chief of publications for documenta 14.