Celebrate Earth Day With a Last Look at FotoFest
The biennial considers the future of our planet.
Annual Earth Day celebrations are kicking into high gear April 22, and people around the world take a moment to reflect on environmental issues. This coming weekend also marks the end of the Fotofest International in Houston, Texas, which has dedicated its 2016 edition to climate change, industrialization, biodiversity, energy production, and water supplies.
Since its founding in 1970, Earth Day has aimed to limit humankind’s damage to the planet, to keep the air and water clean, and to protect endangered species. Over the years, many artists have supported the environmentalist cause, which has only become more pressing as it has become increasingly clear that the planet has entered a new era, the Anthropocene, defined by the global impact humans have had on the ecosystem.
At Fotofest, there are 34 participating artists included in “Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet,” curated by FotoFest executive director Steven Evans and cofounders Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin.
“These are artists who have engaged the natural world and humanity’s place in that world, over many years,” said Wendy Watriss. “Many of the artworks manifest the artists’ rigorous investigations into science and philosophy.”
Among the participating photographers, Brazil’s Vik Muniz has documented the garbage pickers of São Paulo, who make their living sorting through the huge piles of trash outside the city, while Dornith Doherty‘s “Archiving Eden” series highlights the preservation efforts of international seed banks, which look to preserve crops threatened by climate change.
Juxtaposing scenes of stunning natural beauty with evidence of the destructive effects human activity can have on our world, the works in the biennial remind us of the urgent need to preserve the planet’s natural riches for future generations.
See more of the photos from Fotofest below:
The FotoFest 2016 Biennial is on view in Houston, Texas, March 12–April 24, 2016.
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