Artist Sarah McConnell presents 'Here Today — Defending takayna / Tarkine', as part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival. The takayna or Tarkine, in the north-west of Tasmania, is one of the last remaining tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world. While these forests have been recognised for their incredible cultural, historical and ecological significance, they are still a site of ongoing tension.
The exhibition points to the continued efforts of everyday people to protect these forests from logging over the past year. As we bare witness to the tide of our own destruction, these small acts of resistance reflect the recurring conflict in our relationship with nature and each other, and force us to face uncomfortable truths about our time and place on this earth.
'Here Today' is a reminder of our mistakes and failures, a celebration of our successes, an apology, and a message of hope.
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting over thirty curated exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, transition and accelerated action on climate change.
Alongside festival exhibitions, commissions, artist talks and keynote lectures, their public programs will bring together experts in art practice and curatorship, with some of the foremost researchers in climate and environmental science, alongside prominent thinkers on cultural, philosophical and psychological consequences of climate change.
Join with the artists, curators and committed partners and creatively move to a just and sustainable future – for all life on earth.