This international event includes contributions and collaborations from visual and performance-based artists, curators, theorists and activists, who have created submissions that engage with the interconnections between environmental health, socio-economic conditions, racialized discrimination, social justice – with transdisciplinary work driven by creative inquiry and lived experience fore-fronted.

This virtual (web-based) symposium will be synchronous and asynchronous and feature:

A keynote address by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, a Greenlandic mask dancer, contemporary performance artist, and activist based in Iqaluit, May 27th @5:00 PM EST

A keynote address by Winona LaDuke, economist, environmental activist, and Executive Director of Honor the Earth, May 28th @12:00 PM EST

Artwork from 14 groups of artists working in a wide variety of media, displayed in the browser. You can find details on these projects here.

Four discussion panels, May 28th & 29th

Ecological grief: refers to the response to the loss of ecosystems, landscapes, seascapes, species, and places. While it may be emotional, the response to ecological loss may also entail spiritual, physical, cognitive, social, behavioral and cultural facets. People who retain close living, working and cultural relationships with the natural environment may particularly and acutely experience ecological grief as they live through intra- and inter-generational environmental degradation and loss.

Waste on the move: Many rich countries export their waste problems to other countries. As such, waste relentlessly circulates the globe, profiting from the economic vulnerability of nations too poor to refuse. Exporting waste amounts to a colossal externalization of waste’s contaminating risks, including negative human health impacts, environmental contamination, and significant carbon emissions contributing to our global warming crisis.

People as waste – Scarcities and Necessities: Global neoliberal capitalist relations commodify everything; rendering people, flora and fauna, and the planet itself disposable. This commodification and disposability particularly affects already-marginalized and vulnerable communities by reinforcing inequality and scarcities (access to food, water, shelter, safety and dignity). Often, these communities are vulnerable precisely because they are situated on lands and waters that the neoliberal capitalist extractive industries seek to exploit, as in the case of mining and the oil and gas industries.

Closing artist’s panel: Narratives of Artmaking that Confront and Challenge Environmental Racism. Exhibitors will debrief, discuss the role of the artist in activism and disruption.

Videos from artists, activists, and academics grappling with this subject matter

Please follow this link to get more information and to register: "Environmental Racism is Garbage" 

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