VISUALIZING CLIMATE CRISIS
Hasselblad is a proud partner of Project Pressure, an activist climate crisis charity founded in 2008 which uses art to visualise environmental issues, spreading awareness and inspiring action around the globe. Commissioning distinguished artists to travel the world, these creatives are tasked with the mission to create eye-opening pieces focused on climate issues that fuel not only discussion, but social and political change in the name of nature. These projects have been developed alongside climate scientists in order to guarantee total accuracy. “This is not a time for helplessness or looking away. The mission is to use art to help accelerate change,” says Project Pressure founder Klaus Thymann.
It is time to move beyond awareness: the mission of Project Pressure is to incite real behavioural change.
Project Pressure’s latest exhibition, MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Crisis, covers projects from every continent, guiding the viewer on a three-part journey that uses art, photography and film to bring attention to our planet’s disappearing glaciers. Part one, The Importance of Glaciers, explores glacier mass loss. Part two, Current Issues, examines numerous pressing climate matters, including how the borders of Europe are being redrawn due to glacier recession. The final part, Meltdown Consequences, illustrates these consequences of the climate crisis.
Peter Funch, Mt Shuksan, 48° 51’ 56.556”, -121° 40’ 40.65, 2014
Peter Funch uses vintage postcards showing American glaciers and places them side-by-side with an image shot in more recent years in the same spot. With RGB tricolour separation, Funch highlights the impact humans have had on the area in order to highlight glacial recession over the years.
Norfolk + Thymann, Shroud-IV, 2018
Norfolk + Thymann
Artists Norfolk + Thymann’s piece looks at the Rhône Glacier in the Swiss Alps where a section of the glacier was covered with geothermal cloths in order to limit the speed of melting. The duo used a helium balloon to shine light on the glacier and its protective cloak.
Broomberg & Chanarin, Bone, 17th Century, Switzerland, 2017
Broomberg & Chanarin
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin’s project, done in collaboration with archeological institutions and glaciologists in Switzerland, illustrates the speed of glacier melting as they photograph artifacts that have been preserved for thousands of years in glacial ice. Exploring these complex human stories hidden in the ice, this recovered bone is from the remains of a young female dating back to the 17th century. It was first discovered in 1988 when the Swiss glacier, Porchabella, had started to melt away.
Edward Burtynsky, Markarfljót River #1, 2012
Focusing on the water that is released from glaciers, Artist Edward Burtynsky’s work explores their water storage and transport systems. His stunning aerial imagery shows us the fresh water source we lose as glaciers start to shrink.
Klaus Thymann, Speke, Uganda, 2012
Combining mapping with exploration, Klaus Thymann explored new trekking routes in Congo and Uganda, climbed unnamed glaciers in Nepal, in addition to going on a photographic journey through the mountains in Iran, Ecuador, and Mexico, among other places.
Learn more about Project Pressure and the work they are doing to ignite change and save our planet here!