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.
When Kehayoglou created this artwork, the Santa Cruz River 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.
Students design and create their own 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.