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Art against global warming

Exhibition in city raises awareness about environmental causes, asks people to reduce carbon footprint.

entertainment Updated: Jun 05, 2011 14:32 IST
Shweta Mehta

This new art exhibit may not have been planned around World Environment Day, but “some of the issues it addresses are very much relevant to the occasion. They are global concerns,” says Abhay Maskara, owner and curator of Gallery Maskara, which is hosting the show. Hold On, curated by Avantika Bawa and Celina Jeffery, is a collection of installations addressing the need to sustain the earth’s resources amid rapid, indeterminate and exhausting change. Some artists have created works highlighting the speed at which glaciers are melting. Others, like Stuart Keeler, have performed live to showcases their cause. Yesterday, the Canadian took to the streets in a white paper suit, stopping to interact with passers-by and painting his suit green as he went along, in his attempt to draw attention towards diminishing green spaces in urban society. Here are some installations on display:

Hold On by Marek Ranis
This video by the Polish artist calls for attention to the pace at which glaciers are melting. He has juxtaposed footage from polar landscapes of Northern Greenland on one hand, and NASCAR racing on the other. The sound is a verbal exchange between a driver and his crew. It illustrates the rapid change in environment alongside the sheer amount of energy used in day-to-day activities and entertainment.

Himsaila Project by Marek Ranis
An amorphous iceberg, created using ice and cloth, which will shrink dramatically over time, drawing attention to the alarming rate of climate change. The sound of dripping water rings in the harsh reality of the slow, but largely impactful process with far reaching consequences.

Waterline by Satellite Bureau
GPS lines clog the wall behind the wooden framework of a boat in this display, marking commercial shipping routes, illustrating the sheer volume of traffic along these trails. The installation informs viewers about oil footprint, and what it may mean in the long run.