Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis
Hayward Gallery, London
21 June - 3 September 2023
Gaia Art Foundation is happy to support the public programme for Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis from 21 June to 3 September 2023 at the Hayward Gallery, London.
Exploring how contemporary artists from around the world are reshaping our responses to the climate crisis,Dear Earth seeks to reignite our connection to the natural world, encouraging audiences to reflect on the transformative role of art in today's climate discourse and activism.Featuring works by over fifteen international artists, including Hito Steyerl, Cornelia Parker, Daiara Tukano, Richard Mosse, Jenny Kendler, Grounded Ecotherapy and Ackroyd & Harvey.
Otobong Nkanga's assertion that "caring is a form of resistance" forms the core of the exhibition, to project hope, joyand compassion while exploring themes of resilience, care and nurturing. It serves as a call to action, urging audiences to collectively delve into the intricate interplay between political, spiritual and environmental actions that embody our care for the planet. The exhibition embraces diverse human and non-human perspectives, including animals, plants, rivers, oceans and marginalised communities to sustain a comprehensive and inclusive exploration of our interconnectedness.
Dear Earth will be an integral part of the Southbank Centre's broader summer season of work centered around the climate emergency, encompassing various interdisciplinary art forms including: performance, literature, poetry, spoken word and classical and contemporary music. Through its focus on empathy and activism, the exhibition aims to inspire and empower individuals to take meaningful steps in addressing the urgent environmental challenges we face.