This research is part of my doctoral project Archetypes of Contamination, which focuses on the relationship between symbolic images and processes of environmental transformation. This exposition, Tree of Dawn, develops by looking for the correspondence between radioactive contamination and the traditional Latvian image of the Sun-Tree as found in the Dainas, an ancient form of poetry transmitted orally through songs. My artistic process uses a re-creation and re-interpretation of ritualistic practices. With a focus on radioactive contamination, my research looks at how the experience of contaminated spaces can be read through specific myths connected to the land to interfere with the creation of personal and collective realities. The exposition moves through methods of translation as a way of reflecting on the limits of knowledge, where translation is thought of in the wider senses of transposition, deciphering, decoding, and reading through.


Aurora Del Rio’s transdisciplinary artistic practice investigates how reality systems are produced and perceived, and how the perception of contaminated spaces influences the creation of personal and collective realities. She is interested in the space of potentiality that originates when a definition is avoided or misplaced, and the liminal space of failure. Aurora is a doctoral candidate in Contemporary Art at Aalto University, Department of Art and Media, Helsinki. She received a Master’s degree in Creative Practice from Transart Institute Berlin/New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts Bologna.