The exhibition ‘Earth1970-2020’ curated by AND eventSpace, is showing work from a number of artists who are associated with the Royal College of Art. ‘Earth’ is about the environment, ecology, and the economy, whether natural or man-made. It has a connection with ‘World Earth Day’ but this year it has been impacted by contemporary events which further emphasise how fragile life is on earth, how fragile our planet is and human kind’s relationship with it.
Although the ‘Earth’ project was connected to ‘World Earth Day’ (which was established 50 years ago) the evolving Covid19 pandemic demands a different approach.
The original theme of ‘Earth-1970-2020’ has been violently changed by a virus although the more familiar ecological issues still surround us. ‘EarthDay’ originated from under the shadow of the Vietnam War, (Catch 22, [J Heller, novel published ’51 – Film ’70]), the feminist movement, de colonialisation of Africa, which saw an increase in protest and civil disobedience.
In 2020 ‘Earth’ is under an extended attack - and it is difficult to know how to react or what to say. But there is a lot to say and still a lot to change…. As this event continues our understanding of the planet we, and other life forms inhabit, will alter.