Disappearing Nature exhibition
30th April – 3rd May 2014 at 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London.
Artists: Zana Briski, Adam Chodzko, Marcus Coates, Jeremy Deller, Dan Holdsworth, Tania Kovats, Robin Moore, Mariele Neudecker, Alice Shirley.
Presented by Synchronicity Earth with Invisible Dust and curated by Alice Sharp, Director and Curator of Invisible Dust and Monica Chung, guest curator.
The Disappearing Nature exhibition offered an artists insight into the peril of endangered plant and animal species around the world, highlighting humankind’s effect and cause. It raised questions around whether nature exists separate from human intervention and whether every area of the earth is contested and set out through mankind’s boundaries and requirements. From the Arctic to the Deep Sea, the exhibition explored our relationship with nature and the many facets of our influence. The exhibition consisted of works from a selection of significant contemporary artists and leading wildlife photographers that explored the connections between our seas and the questionable freedom of rare species in the deepest corners of the globe, whilst looking at the plight of indigenous people whom are often caught, metaphorically in the same traps, as endangered species unable to control their local environment and way of life.
The exhibition included an opening with speakers artist Marcus Coates and anthropologist Jerome Lewis discussing human views of nature and an event ‘Art meets Science’ with Simon Stuart IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair and Scientist and artists Tania Kovats and Zana Briski.
As Jessica Sweidan, Founding Trustee of Synchronicity Earth points out: “Art plays a vital role in making our impacts on the planet visible, challenging us to see what is happening and discuss its implications – all of which is key to Synchronicity Earth’s mission.”
Invisible Dust is collaborating with Synchronicity Earth on a number of events including an exhibition in Duke St, London and art for an auction and Biophilia Ball on 22nd November 2014. The aim is to raise awareness and conservation funding for the 50th Anniversary of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of endangered species worldwide.
Synchronicity Earth was established in November 2009 with an ambitious vision: a sustainable planet that values the interconnectivity and interdependence of all living things. Synchronicity Earth provides funding for the most important conservation initiatives globally, acting as ambassador, mentor and agent to organisations working to halt and reverse environmental degradation.