UHArts is delighted to host a group exhibition of works by artists Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky and Thomson & Craighead to reconsider the prevalent and far-reaching threat of climate change.
We all know that climate change is a reality – we witness extreme weather conditions and acknowledge the scientific data – yet communicating its impact effectively to instigate behavioural change and decision-making is one of the most serious challenges of our time.
This exhibition takes its name and impetus from Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013) and proposes fresh examinations of climate change through this lens. Nixon proposes we reject the idea of ‘violence’ as explosive, immediate or sensational - features usually associated with climate change - and instead suggests the ‘violence’ of the phenomenon can be localised, durational, unrecognised, even invisible.
Working across film, photography, print and installation, the contributing artists challenge us to rethink the prevailing iconography and headlines. Rejecting melting ice caps and desertification, their visual interpretations introduce alternative narratives and questions, at times bringing them unnervingly close to home.
The Slow Violence exhibition, symposium and other events have been developed collaboratively by UHArts and the Contemporary Arts Practice Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.
Monday - Saturday, 12:00 – 13:00
Interact with 'Seeing Red.. Overdrawn' by Ackroyd & Harvey. This 7 metre canvas contains the 2015 IUCN endangered species list and invites visitors to overwrite a species of their choice, alongside previous participants such as David Attenborough. (2 to 20 January).
Wednesday 17 January, 14:45
Join us for an exhibition tour with our Programme Manager for Visual Art, Elizabeth Murton. Please meet by the main entrance to the Gallery.
Slow Violence Symposium
Wednesday 29 November 10:30 - 16:00
Bringing together a diverse roster of speakers from the fields of environmental psychology, visual arts and business.
Please note, the Symposium is a separate event and requires booking.
For more information on the Symposium, please visit Contemporary Arts Practice Group
Exhibition Opening Reception
Wednesday 29 November 16:00 - 19:00
At the Art and Design Gallery including Q&A with artists at 17:00.
Please note the Art and Design Gallery will be closed from 23 December 2017 – 2 January 2018.