Katherine Takpannie © Courtesy of the artist and Olga Korper Gallery
Meltwater
Aug 17 – Nov 30, 2023
Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island, Canada

Each spring, icebergs calved from the west coast of Greenland make their way into the Labrador Sea, floating through ‘Iceberg Alley’ and eventually past the coast of Fogo Island where they drift into warmer waters as they slowly melt. These spectacular seasonal occurrences are a normal part of a glacier’s lifecycle, but with rising temperatures, the increased regularity of these striking forms along the island’s shores also signals that glacial melt is accelerating, with the resulting meltwater leading directly to rising sea levels globally.

Taking Fogo Island’s proximity to these familiar seasonal visitors, these living beacons of a changing climate, Meltwater, weaves a route northward from Fogo Island, through the Labrador Sea, across the Arctic Ocean, and into the Pacific Ocean, considering what role this melting ice sheet plays in coastal communities that are far away, but nonetheless, interconnected.

Meltwater honors forms of embodied knowledge that have unfolded in these coastal ecosystems over centuries. It asks what urgent questions are arising in communities that are experiencing environmental changes brought about by melting ice and rising sea levels, acknowledging that this ecological crisis has societal, material, and also very personal implications. It questions how particularities of place can be protected, as well as how they can be transmitted to future generations as coastlines morph before our eyes.

The selected works explore processes of remembering, reclaiming, and reviving against the threat of disappearance and destruction. Meltwater acknowledges the challenges we face collectively, and amid a rapidly changing climate, offers a dream of coastal worldmaking.

Artists: Ashoona Ashoona, Martha Atienza, Mary Babcock, Maureen Gruben, Alexa Kumiko Hatanaka, Nikau Hindin, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Jessie Kleemann, Aka Niviâna, Katherine Takpannie, and Angela Tiatia

Meltwater is curated by Claire Shea

  • Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning
    Mar 17 – Jul 6, 2024
    MoMA
    New York, USA

    “I didn’t see a major difference between a poem, a sculpture, a film, or a dance,” Joan Jonas has said. For more than five decades, Jonas’s multidisciplinary work has bridged and redefined boundaries between performance, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. The most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States, Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning traces the full breadth of her career (more…)

  • Grey Crawford. Chroma, 1978–85, Vol 1
    Publication
    Beam Editions
    International

    In 1978 Grey Crawford created a body of colour photographic work that was so radical in its aesthetic and technique that few people to this day understand how it was made. Chroma documents late 70s Los Angeles in a period of radical urban transformation. Scenes of vernacular architecture, demolition sites and everyday places are contrasted with graphic forms that float on the surface and sit within the image. (more…)