Throughout these months of the pandemic, structural problems of globalization have become clearer than ever. Society feels divided: while some place their hopes in science and scientific understanding, others vehemently reject them and hold other beliefs or devise wild conspiracy theories. The conflict between scientific and claimed truth becomes especially apparent in the subject of climate change.
This exhibition highlights the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together artistic practices that directly consider and refer to scientific knowledge. Combining the photographic medium and other digital techniques, the artists develop possibilities to make the invisible visible, to clarify the abstract and to sharpen our consciousness. What if the Earth becomes uninhabitable presents a number of lens artists who, like scientists, explorers and researchers, use their creativity to make scientific data and findings more comprehensible; to visualize damage and past mistakes, which can turn out to be learnings for the future.
In times of global distress, the role of the artist is changing decisively. All series in the show mirror an intense personal relationship between the artists and the portrayed environment, reflect – often with a poetical and always political approach – on the grave consequences of human action or inaction and display our footprint on Earth. The multiple aesthetic strategies challenge us, questioning our own actions and demanding a clear positioning from us.
Ian van Coller
Cale Garrido (Spain, 1990) is an independent photo editor and curator based in Hamburg, Germany. She works on documentary and artistic photography projects, exhibitions and publications, always looking for synergies of content and form.
After her Journalism studies, she self-published two photobooks with documentary photographer Philipp Meuser: Kadosh (2015) and Neorrurales (2018), focussing on the politics of housing and demographics in different contexts.
Since 2016, she works as a photo editor for Greenpeace related publications in Germany. This experience has foster a special and lasting interest on curating environmentally engaging photographic projects. In the scope of Parallel Platform, she curated the group show Urgent Arts of Living, first shown in June 2019 at Kaunas Photography Gallery, with which she collaborates on a regular basis. Currently she is working on the exhibition and publication Joan Fontcuberta: Crisis of History, co-curated with Alison Nordström, and on a book within the collaborative project A Woman’s Work together with Gintaras Česonis.
She is a member of the artists’ and photographers’ collective APPARAT, founded in Berlin in 2017. For their first joint project, she curated the exhibition Die Anderen sind Wir. Bilder einer dissonanten Gesellschaft, shown in 2019 at Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst in Cottbus, Germany.
Lately she has joined the curatorial team at Triennial of Photography Hamburg towards its 8th edition in 2022.
Peter Lindhorst is interested in books, photography, music and thousand other things. He lives in Hamburg, works as a photo editor and curator and does not reveal his age.
When David Bowie was asked what came closest to his idea of perfect happiness, he answered: "Reading". That would also be the answer Peter Lindhorst would like to give, but no one has ever asked him that before.
He once turned his passion into a profession and worked for years in art and photography bookstores. After studying cultural sciences he worked for Steidl and Scalo and other photography and art publishers.
For some years now he has been photo editor for Greenpeace Magazin, where his special interest in environmental issues was developed. In addition, he works as curator of the FREELENS Galerie in Hamburg and presents interesting positions of German and international documentary photography every two months.
When he is not working as an editor or curator, he likes to write texts for photo magazines, books and catalogues or does small, free exhibition projects for private pleasure. But when he has time, he puts on an old Bowie record, grabs a book and reads. There is no greater happiness.