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Projection of my work during Resilience Frontiers Initiative (UN Climate Change)

April 14, 2020

[Versión en Español mas abajo} 

 

Exactly one year ago and out of the blue, I was invited to project some of my landscape photos  along with the work of 8 other (male) photographers: Andreas Gursky, Alec Soth, Ben Johnson, Brad Sloan, Christopher Manzione, Emmet Gowin, Michael Wesely and Peter Duong within the context of the Resilience Frontiers, a 'disruptive brainstorming conference’ on the future of resilience to climate change where 100 people were invited by the UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) during the Korea Adaptation Week 2019 to brainstorm on resilience and the future of humanity. As I was living in Seoul at the time and the conference was taking place next door in Songdo, Incheon, I decided to invite myself and witness the event, unsure if I'd be allowed to and if I'd even fit in among all those 'visionary thinkers and thought leaders'. Laureline Krichewsky, the coordinator, was kind enough to introduce me to some amazing artists and cool people in the room like Gaston Meskens and Silke Van Cleuvenbergen, from the New Humanism project, the Belgian visual artist Maxime Simon, who made new artwork during the whole conference, inspired by the themes and brainstorming that went on in the room, and *BONUS*: there were 2 other Venezuelans in the room besides yours truly! : Dr. Jose Eliel Camargo Molina, a physicist living in Sweden and Lorena Medina, a filmmaker living in Barcelona. Needless to say, I felt like I'd found my crowd and we ended up creating a panel discussion about the role of art in such a context. It was all very spontaneous and improvised and still such a great exercise to ask ourselves the following questions:

 

1. How can art/artists contribute to giving a new perspective to the discussion on climate change?
2. What are the diserable futures for art in 2030 and beyond?
3. Ways to democratize art.
5. How the artistic practice can relate to climate change?
6. How to use social media or other strategies to reach more people who are not already aware of climate change.
7. How can we create a positive mindset through art? 
8. Using art to create consciousness to a wider audience.
9. What do we do to maintain creativity within our art practice? 
10. The link between creativity and innovative thinking.
11. How artists can become a part of the process of problem-solving.

 

Of course, no definite answers were found. If anything, this was the beginning of an individual and hopefully a collective process as well. It was most certainly a mind-stretching exercise and I liked that it happened outside of the art world. I also met some amazing people like the Finnish environmental activist Tero Mustonen, environmental activist from Chad Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Global Food reformist Marc Buckley and Daniel Beckmann, Co-Founder and CEO of Foodshed, a food marketing app and logistics platform in the US. 

 

It was exciting yet filled me with mixed feelings to listen to people talk about possible and desirable futures, “moonshots” and Sustainable Development Goals (adopted by all UN Member States back in 2015 to be attained hopefully by 2030...?) and to think about the possible future of the planet in 2030 and beyond when so many injustices/atrocities are still taking place and when politics determines everything, not only in my agonizing home country of Venezuela but in every single country on the planet. To think that we already have the tools to make this world better but we’re far from there. FPIC (Free, Prior, Informed Consent) right for indigenous people have been recognized by all UN Member States and this is not preventing dictatorial and oppressive regimes like Nicolas Maduro’s from massacring the Pemon indigenous people of Venezuela nor Jair Bolsonaro from wanting to trash the Amazon rainforest. The 17 SDGs are: 1) No poverty, 2) Zero hunger, 3) Good health and well-being, 4) Quality education, 5) Gender equality, 6) Clean water and sanitation, 7) Affordable and clean energy, 8) Decent work and economic growth, 9) Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 10) Reduced inequalities, 11) Sustainable cities and communities, 12) Responsible consumption and production, 13) Climate action, 14) Life below water, 15) Life on land, 16) Peace, justice and strong institutions, 17) Partnerships for the goals.

 

Some things/thoughts that I learned and wish to keep from this experience:

 

1. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a specific right that pertains to indigenous peoples and is recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It allows them to give or withhold consent to a project that may affect them or their territories. Once they have given their consent, they can withdraw it at any stage. Furthermore, FPIC enables them to negotiate the conditions under which the project will be designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated. This is also embedded within the universal right to self-determination. Respect to the indigenous people. Without FPIC there can be no preservation of nature.

2. The transformation from Homo sapiens to Homo symbious: How to collaborate/coexist with other species

3. Nobody owns the future. It belongs to everyone.

4. How to make the future more intimate for everyone?

5. How we produce determines resilience.

6. Adaptive Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.

7. Using technology to connect people.

8. How to use technology -AI/Singularity/Internet of things/Blockchain- to the benefit of humanity.

9. Adaptation/Mitigation/Resilience

10. Safety: equity, collaboration, autonomy.

11. ‘Adapatation as a form pf laziness’. (Al Gore)

12. Everything is interconnected.

13. Contect specificness- what works somewhere may not work somewhere else

14. Humans are the only species that are responsible for preserving nature.

15. Support systems, what nurtures us.

16. Resilience is more than simply doing good development.

17. Capacitating communities to anticipate, absorb and adapt to climate shocks.

18. Resilience is a process, not simply an end point.

19. Cosmic perspective.

20. Exponential growth.

21. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

22. How can we turn the unhealthy competition into global cooperation.

23. Human is just one of the species on the planet Earth. It can discard us if necessary & protect itself.

 

This post is too long and I’m sure nobody’s going to read till the end.


Thanks to the UNFCCC and Laureline Krichewsky for an incredible week and opportunity.

 

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Hace exactamente un año y de la nada, fui invitada a proyectar algunas de mis fotos de paisajes junto con el trabajo de otros 8 fotógrafos (hombres): Andreas Gursky, Alec Soth, Ben Johnson, Brad Sloan, Christopher Manzione, Emmet Gowin, Michael Wesely y Peter Duong en el contexto de Resilience Frontiers, una 'conferencia de lluvia de ideas disruptiva' sobre el futuro de la resiliencia al cambio climático donde 100 personas fueron invitadas por la secretaría de la CMNUCC (Cambio Climático de la ONU) durante la Semana de Adaptación de Corea 2019 para intercambiar ideas sobre resiliencia y el futuro de la humanidad. Como vivía en Seúl en ese momento y la conferencia se realizaba al lado en Songdo, Incheon, decidí auto-invitarme y presenciar el evento, sin saber si me lo permitirían e incluso si encajaría entre todos esos 'pensadores visionarios y líderes del pensamiento'. Laureline Krichewsky, la coordinadora, tuvo la amabilidad de presentarme a algunos artistas increíbles y personas geniales en la sala como Gaston Meskens y Silke Van Cleuvenbergen, del proyecto Nuevo Humanismo, el artista visual belga Maxime Simon, quien realizó nuevas obras de arte durante todo el evento. conferencia, inspirada en los temas y la lluvia de ideas que se desarrollaron en la sala, y * BONUS *: ¡había otros 2 venezolanos en la sala además de los tuyos de verdad! : Dr. José Eliel Camargo Molina, físico que vive en Suecia y Lorena Medina, cineasta que vive en Barcelona. No hace falta decir que sentí que había encontrado a mi público y terminamos creando una mesa redonda sobre el papel del arte en ese contexto. Todo fue muy espontáneo e i