Eco-Visionaries: Confronting a planet in a state of emergency
Royal Academy of Arts. London, UK
2019 — 2020
Curated by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, Mariana Pestana, Pedro Gadanho and assisted by Rose Thompson.
Exhibition design by Delvendahl Martin Architects
Graphic design by Daly & Lyon
Participants: Olafur Eliasson, Virgil Abloh, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, HeHe, Ant Farm, Ana Vaz and Tristan Bera, Tue Greenfort, Carolina Caycedo, Nerea Calvillo / In the Air, Unknown Fields, Pinar Yoldas, Basim Magdy, Dunne & Raby, Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, Futurefarmers, Philippe Rahm Architectes, Studio Malka Architecture, Rimini Protokoll, WORKac and SKREI.
A project initiated by Fundação EDP/MAAT (Lisbon, Portugal), Bildmuseet (Umeå, Sweden), HeK (Basel, Switzerland) and LABoral (Gijón, Spain), in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK) and Matadero Madrid (Madrid, Spain).
In the 1950s, scientists started raising serious concerns about the damaging effects of modern life on the environment. Since then, experts have been joined by architects and artists in an effort to stabilize the planet’s endangered ecosystem and draw attention to its fragility.
We live in a globalised networked world where our daily actions have a radical damaging collateral effect on other parts of the world. It is important to reconsider our consumption habits and take measures to create a more empathic relation with our environment in order to preserve the ecosystem for the generations to come.
Beyond mainstream notions of sustainability, this exhibition presented critical reflections to the ecological transformations that are disturbing our planet and proposes innovative ways to respond and redefine new ways of relationship between humans and nature.
Eco-Visionaries featured the visions of 21 artists, architects and designers about how the world is being transformed by human action, from the oceans to rainforests and the weather, examining the unrelenting effect that our contemporary life style has on the environment and its subsequent impact on our lives. More info here.
The exhibition was accompanied by the book Conversations on a planet in a state of emergency edited by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado and Rose Thompson.