Art for Climate Justice

5 Dec

Art can be used as a tool for communication. In the face of climate change, different media are being implored to pass across the climate message. The Goethe-Institut South Africa,  the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Durban Art Gallery put together an art exhibition titled  ”DON’T PANIC”.

The exhibition  curated by  South African born Gabi Ngoobo seeks to raise questions and offer new perspectives rather than pre-fabricated answers on climate change during the COP UN Climate Conference in Durban.

”DON’T PANIC”  presented powerful artistic voices from across the African continent, including works by Mlu Zondi, Clive van den Berg, Otobong Nkanga, David Koloane, Batoul S’Himi and Moshekwa Langa and Nigeria‘s Bright Ugochukwu Eke. The organizer did not explain the messages the art pieces bore, but asked us to make something out of them. So I will do same but share my thoughts on just a few. Interpret the photos as they connect to climate change and our environment.

My favorite piece would be the one by Bright Ugochukwu Eke. It looks like a wall of crystals. But they are NO WAY close to crystals. More artists should come on board, and communicate climate issues using art. Click on photo to view or view via slideshow.

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