Foregrounding contemporary artists’ engagement with social issues and shaping institutions, Climate Changing raises critical questions as we face the entwined crises of systemic racism and a global health pandemic. What role do art and culture play in revealing legacies of oppression and violence? How might artists help imagine a different future? How can all of us create a real climate for change?
Shared among the multigenerational group of over 20 exhibiting artists and nine commissioned works is a use of criticism as a generative tool to reorient one’s position relative to unjust systems, structures, and effects of power—reenvisioning how these establishments and infrastructures might operate. The artists deal with a range of matters such as mass incarceration; global warming; labor, debt, and economic inequality; colonization; racism; education and democracy; and ableism. By presenting projects that span multiple themes and frameworks, the exhibition emphasizes the power of intersectionality and interdependence and encourages a collective reimagining of our social environment.
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