Alexandra Kehayoglou (b. 1981) is an Argentinian artist and designer based in Buenos Aires. Kehayoglou makes hand- tufted wool rugs using industrial leftovers to draw attention to environmental issues and landscapes under threat.
Santa Cruz River, 2017, is a wool carpet, almost five meters long that maps the landscape of the Santa Cruz River in Argentina. When Kehayoglou created thr artwork, it was the country’s last remaining free-flowing river. Kehayoglou kayaked the length of the river and made detailed studies of the environment, as part of a group of biologists, engineers, artists and activists who were all concerned about the environment’s future. Despite their efforts to protect the river, construction to build two mega-hydroelectric dams has begun.
Look at Santa Cruz River and use the following discussion prompts to explore the artwork with your class:
You may also like to watch this short video.
Design and create a group artwork which raises an awareness of an environment under threat through the following steps:
Invite your school community, family and friends to view your artwork.