Escif is a Spanish artist working with murals interventions installations and illustration. His process is inspired by knowledge and everyday life, using art to explore concepts such as street relations, economical strategies, social mouvements, organic tasty food, macropolitics and micropolitics. In the last years he has painted in such different places as Dakar (Senegal), Baltimore (US), Kerala (India), Mexico City (Mexico), Katowice (Poland), St.Petersburg or Moscú. Taking part on exhibitions and projects with institutions as Power Station Museum (Shanghay, China), IVAM museum (Valencia, Spain) or Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France).
For Splash and Burn Escif presents REWILD, a Rewind symbol carved into a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia within a new forest restoration site covering 360 hectares on the borders of the Leuser Ecosystem. The Leuser rainforests are one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The Indonesian island of Sumatra has lost over 40 percent of its forest in the last 2 decades to palm oil, paper pulp and rubber plantations. The Sumatran Orangutan Society and its partners are working to turn back the clock on deforestation by reclaiming barren land to restore it to rainforest - vital habitat for orangutan, tigers, rhinos, elephants and countless other species.
For the second in our land series following Ernest Zacharevic’s SOS intervention in 2017, we are now working to #rewildsumatra by replanting indigenous trees to expand the boundaries of the rainforest. You can help us by planting a tree on this land at moretrees.info.
Coming Soon REWILD
REWILD is a short film by Splash and Burn and Spanish artist ESCIF. The film documents the activist art campaign within a new forest restoration site on the borders of the Leuser Ecosystem to reveal a Rewind symbol carved into a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia
The narrative runs in reverse, rewinding the clock on deforestation to undo the damage caused by the unsustainable production of one of the worlds most versatile commodities. Beyond the industrialisation of the land, we end at the beginning, a thriving eco system alive with wildlife. The concept mirrors the real world action of the Sumatran Orangutan Society and their partners in reclaiming land on the borders of the Leuser rainforests to rewild them with indigenous trees, expanding the boundaries of one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
REWILD is produced by Studio Birthplace together with a soundtrack by Indonesian composer Nursalim Yadi Anugerah, known for his interesting approach to instrumentation and composition as an ethnomusicologist*