The intersection of art and social change is nothing new. Art has been forever interwoven in political acts, resembling a conscious effort to facilitate and participate in challenging some of society’s deepest assumptions. This month, a group of artists sought to provide an abstract perspective of the real effects of climate change.
YOU WILL END BY DESTROYING THE EARTH was an exhibition held in London gallery, Metro Imaging, that coincided with the COP21 Paris Climate Change talks. The exhibition followed a lens-based media that was designed to bring the battle against climate change into the focus, to awaken society’s complacent consciousness, inspire, and use the power of community to drive social change.
“There is a need to ignite a sense of urgency to do with the world and our relationship to it. The power of images has proven itself many times, through either activism or conservation photography in the style of photojournalism or documentation. Photography influences the viewer’s mind and teaches about the issues presented in the image – it is the idea that it portrays something real and therefore true, and inherently has the ability to document a perceived reality.”
The artists involved in the exhibition include:
Adam Popli is a London-based artist who works with a variety of mediums to produce digital installations, live performance and powerful documentaries.
Climate change is at the forefront of issues worldwide and each continent is individually attempting to change their society into one which can sustain future generations. This is the key inspiration of the piece, challenging people environmentally as well as being politically daring.
For more info on Adam’s work, you can visit his website here.
Elena Cremona is a environmental landscape photographer who uses the power of photography to highlight the increasingly problematic social and environmental issues such as the destruction of nature and its irreplaceable landscapes.
Iceland is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet. The glaciers that cover more than 10% of the island are losing an average of 11 billion tons of ice a year. Elena has witnessed the extreme melting rate at first hand as the sound of ice cracking was a constant background noise while shooting. Through photographic documentation, she hopes to reveal the immense beauty that is Iceland, so unique and otherworldly, to raise awareness for this diminishing and ever-changing country.
For more info on Elena’s work, visit her website directly here.
SIMON AND SIMON
Simon and Simon are an artistic duo from London and Munich whose work takes on a social, political commentary. Limbscapes Is a work that focuses on human relation to nature. The series shows the physical and emotional connection we have to the landscape. They say “We are at a place now where we have lost so much respect for the earth that it is like having lost a limb. The phantom limb that was there once, that now we only recognise when it becomes an inconvenience to our day to day life”
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