Turba Tol Hol-Hol: The Book


In 2014 Carla Macchiavello joins Ensayos. That year Carla Macchiavello and Camila Marambio initiate their creative collaboration as the editorial duo CM2.

CM2 has developed an experimental editorial practice based on radical place-based pedagogies, performative writing, and eco-cultural collaborations that aim to generate bridges across cultural and disciplinary contexts and promote better care editorial work. As part of the nomadic research collective Ensayos, CM2 has published the periodical Más allá del fin (2014-Kadist, Paris; 2015-Bruce High Quality Foundation, NYC; 2019-Discipline, Melbourne; 2020-New Museum, NYC), bringing news from the practices of Ensayos in Tierra del Fuego and its environmental collaborations across continents and the greater ocean. Characterized by its hybrid, playful, embodied, and collaborative nature, the Más allá del fin periodical has adopted an array of formats to serve different pedagogical purposes that respond to its hosting environments: newspaper, glossaries, interior booklets and inserts within, interactive components to be used as masks and mediate as technologies of communication across species, among others.

In 2022, CM2 edited a book on environmental thought and decolonial practices of care from Latin America and Abya Yala for Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion at the 59th Venice Art Biennale. Inspired by the eco-aesthetics of Ensayos and the pavilion’s interdisciplinary efforts to bring awareness to peatland protection, the book brought together science, traditional knowledge, and poetry by Latin American authors who have not been translated and are mostly unknown in dominant academic circles. In an attempt to decenter the current circuits of environmental thought, the book reprinted in Spanish and English essays on matters of ecofeminism, anticolonial practices, popular art, conservation of biodiversity, while centering the writing and voices of women, and also published commissioned essays on the new ecological models promoted by the Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol project at the Biennale.The book Turba Tol Hol-Hol brings together new ecological models from Abya Yala, supported by science, traditional knowledge, artistic practices, anticolonial thought, and nonhegemonic feminist perspectives, and aims to be employed as a pedagogical tool within environmental education settings, while helping build and strengthen networks of solidarity across Latin America, the Caribbean, and its diasporas. The book’s development, design (by Rosario Ureta) and the printing of the first edition (500 copies) was paid for by the Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Patrimony and private donations, and will be freely distributed among cultural institutions, libraries, and collaborators in Chile. There will also be a pdf version in Spanish and English, downloadable free of charge from this website as of August 2023.

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