Mangroves from the Water Exhibition
26 July 2021
The Project Space
Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Luc Ferry said “One can live in old philosophies, but the world can’t be understood in any inventive way by sticking to the old principles”. The Mangroves from the Water Exhibition is going to open on UN International Day for the Preservation of Mangrove Ecosystems, 26 July 2021 (no exhibition this year due to Covid 19).
- Encourage viewers to realise the beauty and importance of the mangroves through our multimedia art exhibition and exhibition workshops and events,
- Protect wetlands and mangroves which have a strong tie to indigenous people and possess great capacity to mitigate climate change, and
- Encourage discussion through guest speakers about the mangroves, sea grass and wetlands from different universities and local communities, to be held at Deakin during our exhibition time.
- Promote the idea that art is not only connected to music, literature, science and philosophy but also to sport. Kayaking and painting are holistic processes. The body is involved with kayaking, the process of movement of muscular tension in guiding the craft. There is a strong relationship between the body and emotions as seen in dance.
According to Presland (1985) Port Phillip Bay has changed dramatically since 1835 resulting in a poor outlook for biodiversity. Despite the importance of mangroves to Earth, poor biodiversity, global warming and stress upon indigenous communities are a result of economic development. There is a link between trees and people as David Haskell describes in ‘Songs of Trees’, so destroying trees reflects the destruction of communities. Can we give life back to trees? There is also a link between destruction (war) & overdevelopment!
The exhibition will provide viewers with a range of media to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The artists also hope to see discussions occurring throughout the exhibition in a series of colloquia.
The artists are:
Alexis Gambis, Nicola Cerini, Enrico Santucci, Ferne Millien, Deb Taylor, Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens, Stephanie Neville, Geraldine Chansard, Helen and Peter Martin, Malcolm Gardiner and Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.
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