ON THE RISE
Art, Action and Artistic Production
Anne-Katrin Spiess, BAKULA Nayak, Carol Galiñanes, Devan Horton, Garry Lotulung, Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero, Jenna Strouth, Katerina Tsebro, Kerryann Torres, OLE, Scapa Joe, Sierra Severson, Tessa Teixeira, Wenhui Jiang.
January 12th, 2023 - March 31st, 2023
After decades of activism and multiple scientific studies that confirm the effects of climate change, we face now a global undeniable challenge to deal with the consequences of decades of environmental destruction. Product of the impact of human actions on earth, climate change is a result of the increasing greenhouse gas emissions, the destruction of natural habitats, deforestation, pollution, animal agriculture, and contamination of soil and water. Drastically affecting life on earth, climate change will result in common floods, desertification, the extinction of animal species, and also exacerbating the inequalities that already exist with the poverty of marginalized groups (such as indigenous communities around the world).
Elevating the power of art in climate justice, “On the Rise” it’s a platform to explore how we can collectively intervene on this subject. Therefore, considering contemporary art as a fundamental tool of communication to people, with the power to amplify emotions and generate thoughts and debates, this exhibition is developed to consider environmental solutions and let them inspire a collective attitude. Using art to inform, act and protest in this exhibition we aim to bring solutions to how collectively we can fight against climate change and environmental degradation. Perceiving art as a form of protest and catalyst for social change, “On the Rise” it’s an appeal for immediate action!
Emma McMullin, Director of Curatorial Affairs; Ana Catarina Bizarro, Chief Curator; Kimberly Fabbri, Senior Curator; Anwar Mohammad, Senior Curator; Gabriela Kanisetty Associate Curator; Kayla Feeney, Apprentice Curator.
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About Artistic Production, Environmentalism, and Climate Justice
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"My work is inspired by the encounter between humans and the natural world - it aims to draw attention to issues of trash, recycling, deforestation, and desertification as well ways for humans to exist and connect with nature such as wilderness survival, and plant communication. I also have a keen interest in the end of both human and natural life, and I have created several projects involving burial rituals".
Visual Artist / Photographer
"In these times of environmental crisis, I believe that my responsibility as an artist is to go one step further and protect the environment. The methods and techniques can be diverse,
but the objective is always the same: to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the planet on which we live. I propose through my work to reactivate our relationship with
nature and be aware of our environment, that the way to treat our planet is not purely functional".
"Each painting of a painting I view as an ecosystem. This allows me to explore what is in the ecosystems, what is no longer in the picture, and what is reaching for something new. I could never paint a turtle entangled in a fishing net, it would be too upsetting, but I could however, paint a painting of the ocean entangled in a fishing net. It allows me to tackle difficult topics without causing myself and the viewer to be turned off".
"The subjects of my work are always familiar, but they are presented as unique and transcendent. Simple things anyone can find in our surroundings, such as plants, trees, rivers, or snow, can become the subject of my work and I always aim to extract their most subtle and even mystical qualities. By highlighting the ephemerality, delicacy and value of our environment I aim for the viewer to feel connected to it".