September 25, 2020
Janet Laurence is featured in ‘Courants Verts, Creating for the environment’, a large-scale exhibition at Fondation Groupe EDF in Paris, which brings together international artists committed to environmental conservation. All featured artists, through their installations, photographs, videos or drawings, confront the challenges posed by the Anthropocene: the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and the environment.
“Without pessimism, the exhibition underlines the adaptation process that humanity is going through today and reminds us that art has a role to play in how we view climate change.” In ‘Courants Verts’, Laurence presents her video work ‘Deep Breathing – Resuscitation for the Reef’, which focuses on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia’s north, a World Heritage site that is the planet’s largest living structure. As resident artist at the Lizard Island Research Station for the Australian Museum in 2015, she spent time exploring the Great Barrier alongside climate and marine scientists. Her video work ‘Deep Breathing’ tracks the wonder of the marine life here and meditates on the impact of climate change within this unique ecosystem. The work was first exhibited in Paris during the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in late 2015, and was critically acclaimed.
‘Courants Verts, Creating for the environment’ runs 16 September 2020 – 31 January 2021 at Fondation Groupe EDF in Paris. Read more about the exhibition here.
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