Larsen’s Lost Water, 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 exhibition is open 13 November – 11 December 2015 at Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Arts, and is curated by Edwina fitzPatrick. The Opening Event will be on Thursday 12 November, 5–8pm.
The show includes pieces such as Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir 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 potable 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’.
Top image: Worcester, Snaebjornsdottir & WIlson