Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson | Larsen’s lost water
LARSEN’S LOST WATER
Curated by Edwina fitzPatrick
Opening Event: Thursday 12 November, 5–8pm
Exhibition Dates: 13 November – 11 December 2015
Wibledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, London
Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, Edwina fitzPatrick, Tania Kovats, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, the Raftonauts
The exhibition, timed to coincide with the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit in Paris, takes its name from Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf. In 2002, part of this vast Shelf fell into the sea. The satellite images of this happening brought global warming and melting Polar ice into the public consciousness. But what happened to this melted water?
The exhibition considers how relatively uncharted parts of the world – the Polar regions and the deep seas – might be (mis)represented, and how art can offer us a way to engage with and witness something as large and difficult to grasp as climate change or marine pollution.
The show includes pieces such as Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson’s nanoq: flat out and bluesome, which archives the taxidermied polar bears in the UK’s public and private collections; Tania Kovats’ Where Seas Meet; Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Ortawater project about portable water; and Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey’s Crystal Fish. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an ocean-going raft designed and created by a team of Wimbledon students collectively named the ‘Raftonauts’.