Exhibitions: ‘Robin White’ and ‘Portraits from the Edge: Putting a Face to Climate Change’

Opening: 4 April 2012 at 6:00pm (until 5:00pm 28 April)
Location: ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

Robin White is a major New Zealand artist. She is a painter as well as a printmaker and drawing is an important part of her work. In 1982 she and her family moved to the Republic of Kiribati where they lived until 1999. This exhibition presents works based on the Kiribati region and compliments the exhibition by Jon Lewis in the Main Gallery, Portraits from the Edge. Robin will present an Art Forum of her work at 1pm on Wednesday 4 April.

 

‘Portraits from the Edge’: The small Republic of Kiribati, a series of atolls situated in the Equatorial Pacific, is slowly and surely going down. Storm surges, freakish waves, salination of fresh water wells and lands, unpredictable weather and tidal increases, are all contributing to the country’s physical demise. The people of Kiribati remain now, literally on the very edge, as the most vulnerable of peoples, living with climate change. Jon Lewis spent six months travelling through the atolls of Kiribati, recording his experiences of the people and place and presents 46 images portraying the vibrant social system and culture. A record for history before the certain extinction in 30 to 40 years.

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