Image: Charles Darwin, Tree of Life, 1837 | Classmark: DAR 121 | Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

SOUTH SOUTH’s inaugural Curatorial Projects titled I draw, therefore I think was curated by artist and curator Jitish Kallat. This drawing project was prompted by Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch ‘Tree of Life’ in which he scribbled down a framework for his speculations in his first “transmutation notebook”.

60 Artists
28 Galleries
29 Countries

One exhibition. Two ways to view.
I draw, therefore I think was viewable as an artwork-led viewing room and an interactive Miro board produced in collaboration with the Open Window Institute, allowing for multiple forms of engagement throughout the project’s duration.

The project closed on 24 November 2021, World Evolution Day, highlighting the project’s foundation; Charles Darwin’s sketch. This return to the foundation that guided the prompt and intent for the project allowed for a full circle reflection on the artworks and interventions that had been present throughout the project’s duration.

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