Slow Violence is a group exhibition that reconsiders the prevalent threat of climate change

29 November 2017 – 20 January 2018
Symposium- Wednesday 29 November, 10.30 – 16.00.

Exhibition Opening Reception- 29 November, 16.00-19.00

UHArts welcomes Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky and Thomson & Craighead, for an exhibition which invites us to reconsider the prevalent and far-reaching threat of climate change.

Working across film, photography, print and installation, the contributing artists challenge us to rethink the prevailing climate change iconography. Rejecting melting ice caps and desertification, their visual interpretations draw attention to what is happening closer to home, within our own local environments.

Presented in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts across an exhibition, symposium and other events, Slow Violence takes its name and impetus from Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013).  Nixon suggests we reject the idea of violence as explosive or sensational, and instead ‘engage a different kind of violence that is neither spectacular nor instantaneous, but rather incremental and accretive’. Slow Violence acknowledges that the violence of climate change can often be localized, extended, durational, unrecognised, even invisible.

The Slow Violence exhibition, symposium and events have been developed collaboratively by UHArts and the Contemporary Arts Practice Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.

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