Our second printed issue unpacks two forms of “Impact”: both the positive and negative traces left by humanity on its natural environment in the context of the anthropocene, and the possibilities for environmentalist impact at the conjunction of art and activism.
As media consumption becomes increasingly fragmented, divisive, and delivered in indigestible portions of scrolling, statistics, news and op-eds, the simple act of switching off and pulling back from public discourse presents itself as an attractive alternative to the political fray. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our interviews with artists and ecologists while putting together this issue, it’s this: the most effective breed of environmentalism starts at home, so to speak, in cultivating a personal philosophy centered around applied ecology and purpose-driven, conscious engagement with one’s environment.
In his essay, Dark Ecology, Paul Kingsnorth proposes a list of solutions that would “not be a waste of time” when it comes to conservation, and they are all rooted at the individual, practical level. Withdrawing: to “allow yourself to sit back quietly and feel, intuit, working out what is right for you and what nature might need from you.” Rewilding land, planting a garden, creating places or networks that act as refuges, getting your hands dirty, grounding yourself in things and places, remembering that everything has intrinsic value, beyond utility, sitting on grass, touching a tree, walking into the hills, marveling at “what the hell this thing called life could possible be..”
Over the course of this issue, we chose to steer clear of doomsday perspectives and to instead address the many inspiring ways in which creative individuals or micro-communities are shaping a more harmonious connection with the natural world.
NEVERCREW, Zaria Forman, Jason deCaires Taylor, Jonas Marguet, Aloha Bonser Shaw, Andres Donadio, Carlos Jiménez, CLOAAT, Martyna Wójcik-Śmierska, HEMPEN, Toca Do Coelho, Victoria Fuller, Joana Sequeria, Leah Abraham, Niels Carlyle, Matthieu Lavanchy, Benjamin Eagle, Patrick Roberts, Tomoki Yamauchi, Elizabeth Fleur Willis
Designer: Dipo Kayode-Osi
Editors: Elena Cremona and Maela Ohana
The Earth Issue 002: IMPACT is a collaborative publication with The Earth Issue, a platform exploring the intersection of art and environmentalism.
Chapter One, I Planted a Seed, looks at grassroot models for sustainable living in three countries – Portugal, India, and England. Creative thinkers and environmentalists have come together to develop spaces that nurture a healthy relationship between the non-human ecosystem and the humans within it. From permaculture communities to alternative living and green co-ops, Chapter One looks at what it means to design a way of life that is holistic, engaged, and socially and environmentally conscious.
Chapter Two, Pollination, delves into hands-on approaches to germinating and spreading ecological advocacy through creative media. The highlighted artists and collectives are expansive in their craft: Zaria Forman conceptualizing large scale hyper-realist paintings in response to climate change; Never Crew addressing wildlife conservation through public murals; Jason deCaires Taylor building the world’s first underwater “Sculpture Park” in the West Indies (which was instrumental in the government declaring the site a National Marine Protected Area); and Victoria Fuller recreating elaborate natural systems in her sculptural designs. Hugely influential in their scope and reach, they channel their artistry into vehicles for environmental awareness, education and change.
Chapter Three, There is a River, brings together four photographers adopting an investigative and/or research-based approach in their work. Merging journalistic imagery and personal narratives, they examine specific cases in which people have been deeply impacted by nature, or vice versa. In their own ways, these photo-documentary pieces illuminate the fluid relationship between our natural landscapes and our socio-cultural ones, narrowing in on the spaces where the two realms overlap.
89 pages, non-soya vegetable oil based inks, perfect bound, full colour on 100% recycled paper.
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