Monday, 1 October 2012

Facing the Climate @ Michaelis Galleries/GIPCA Hot Water



Imagining Climate Change at Hot Water

September 2012

Facing the Climate, curated by Ann-Marie Tully in association with the Swedish Embassy of South Africa and the Swedish Institute is an environmentally-focussed exhibition that featured as part of The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts’ (GIPCA) Hot Water symposium on climate change, which took place at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus 28-29 September 2012.
The Facing the Climate exhibition series combines climate-themed cartoons by five Swedish artists, with the climate-related artworks of artists in host countries: in this case five South African cartoonists join five Swedish cartoonists in taking a sharp look at the climate issue, with the aim of encouraging discussion about the sustainable society and heightening awareness of current environmental problems. Facing the Climate has been staged in a number of international contexts, with exhibitions taking place during 2012 in Rio, Athens, Tirana, Tel Aviv and Novosibirsk amongst other cities around the world. The Facing the Climate exhibition in South Africa is curated by Ann-Marie Tully in association with the Swedish Embassy of South Africa.

Facing the Climate is part of a concerted drive, conceptualised by the Swedish Institute, to promote critical sustainable development under the heading ‘Facing the Future – Sustainability the Swedish Way’. The impetus behind this began in December 2009 in relation to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, when a group of 25 Nordic newspaper cartoonists provided some amusing and alarming reflections on climate change. To illustrate Sweden’s active involvement in this area, the Swedish Institute developed the digital climate exhibition Facing the Climate in collaboration with the Swedish cartoonists/illustrators Magnus Bard, Helena Lindholm and Riber Hansson. For this exhibition, they are joined by Love Antell and Karin Sunvisson in commenting on the global climate dilemma. The South African cartoonists/illustrators involved in this project are Tony Grogan, Wilson Mgobhozi, Ree Treweek, Sifiso Yalo and Zapiro.
Facing the Climate opened its run at Michaelis Galleries on 28 September 2012 as part of the GIPCA Hot Water Symposium, before travelling to NIROXprojects in Johannesburg for exhibition from 28 October 19 November, culminating in a final exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein from 11 April 9 June 2013.

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