By the editors Carla Macchiavello and Camila Marambio (CM2)

Turba Tol Hol-Hol the book is a compendium of the extensive eco-cultural thought of Latin American authors who center their attention on struggles, ways of doing, and experiences of care from the South.

Inspired by the eco-aesthetics that drive Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the book is a multidisciplinary, collaborative, scientific-poetic-artistic effort that recognizes itself as material/sensual and therefore aspires to be downloadable, scribbleable, accessible, referenceable. It’s an experiment. It may have its faults, it may fall short, it will keep on trying, just like the art-science-poetics that inspire it. If there’s anything it aims to do, it is to accompany different processes of biodiversity conservation, of strengthening care practices that are specific, multinational, cross-cultural, decidedly anticolonial, participative, feminist. And also odorous (it’s a shame smells cannot –yet?— be downloaded from the Internet).

Turba Tol Hol-Hol the book, presents new ecological models that emerge from Abya Yala, supported by science, traditional knowledge, artistic practices, anticolonial thought, and non-hegemonic feminist perspectives. The book is a desire and an act, a plea voiced by many, a place for gathering, for divergences, for invitations to different ways of doing things, in pursuit of a society of care.

The book is another act of a play in which many participate. You create part of the action.

The book brings together many voices that participate from their local practices and knowledge. Some are germinal texts, a rich and damp humus for environmental and eco-feminist thought from Aby Yala. Each voice reproduced here is a seed that the book plants for the future. Others are new texts on peatland science and conservation, experiences filled with knowledge regarding these ancestral ecosystems that require the attention and care of many. There are also voices and bodies that come together from near and far to accompany the pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and feel-think it from a variety of places and practices. All of this, supported by the voices of the godmothers, of the mothers, of the ground-dirt-waters-airs that nourish us: the visionary poetesses, poets who from those territories and seascapes that some call Patagonia indicate to us, shake us, remind us not to forget. And of course, there are rumors, tremors that are deep, sonorous, textual, those that pass from body to body and which have been anticipating what is to come. That which is already happening. Here, there. In the vulnerability of our lives, of our bodies, of the peatlands, in united collaboration, in the participation within this fabric of which we are threads, in the political changes, the strengthening of tongues, of yours, of mine, of that which we have yet to perceive.

DATES: Turba Tol Hol-Hol the book will be available for download starting December of 2022. If you’d like to receive a copy via e-mail, you can sign up here:

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Its paper version will be released in Chile at the beginning of 2023 and will be distributed for free all over the Southern Cone. Its English version will be distributed by an international art press.