An exhibition highlighting the climate crisis opened this week with a focus on the world’s vanishing glaciers.
Created by climate crisis charity Project Pressure, the exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill will feature 63 artworks ranging from vintage postcards and lightboxes to large-scale photographic installations.
The exhibition explores shifting glacial landscapes across the globe, and the devastating impact and consequences of the climate crisis for billions of people.
Since 2008, Project Pressure have been commissioning international artists to undertake expeditions documenting changes to the world’s vanishing glaciers.
Unlike wildfires or flooding, the melting of glaciers takes place outside of weather patterns and can be attributed directly to global warming, making them a key indicator of the impact of climate change.
Highlight works include Adam Hinton’s film Himalayas showing the impact of unstable weather patterns on farming communities in India, Broomberg and Chanarin’s photographs showing perfectly preserved artefacts revealed by shrinking glaciers and Noémie Goudal’s gradually disintegrating installation showing the changing landscape of the Swiss Alps.
The exhibition finishes with a touchscreen carbon footprint calculator which asks visitors to estimate the carbon-intensity of their lifestyle, and track their impact over the longer term online.
Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens said: “The Horniman has long been concerned with environmental issues and the impact of human activity on our world and in July 2019 we declared an ecological and climate emergency, pledging to place carbon reduction and environmental issues at the heart of our work.
“As the only museum in London that combines the human and the natural world we are constantly looking to engage and inform our audiences about the environmental issues that affect us all.
“We hope that through this superb series of powerful and thought-provoking artworks visitors will be reminded of the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and be empowered to take action to protect its future.”