The world as we know it is threatened by unprecedented environmental degradation, climate change and global warming, seemingly associated with the proposed Anthropocene epoch. This crisis, intensified over the last two decades, has led to the emergence of social and political movements opposed to continued dependence on environmentally damaging natural resource extraction and unchecked wasteful consumption in the Global North. This panel examines this unfolding crisis and the response to it within both the scientific community, and the worlds of art and literature.
John Akomfrah delves into themes of memory, identity, postcolonialism, temporality and the politics of aesthetics through his experimentations with the moving image.
Carolina Caycedo is a multidisciplinary artist known for her performances, videos, artist’s books, sculptures and installations that examine environmental and social issues. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory, as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities.
T. J. Demos
T. J. Demos is an award-winning writer on contemporary art, global politics and ecology. He is Professor in Art History, Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, as well as founder and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Hrair Sarkissian’s photographs reflect on personal memories, using subjectivity as a way to navigate stories that official histories are unable to tell. Using traditional documentary techniques in large-scale works, he engages the viewer in a profound consideration of what lies behind the surface of the images, thereby re-evaluating larger historical or social narratives.
Amy Niang is Associate Professor of Political Science at The Africa Institute, Sharjah. Her research interests are broadly centred around the history of state formation and sovereignty, Africa’s international relations and the history of geopolitics.