Eco-art exhibition: Photographed Rituals

Shai Zakai to give a lecture on eco-art & slow photography on Oct. 2nd at 20:30 in Jaffa (Israel) at the exhibition space.

Searching for colleagues who were consistently trying to raise environmental awareness through their art, as Shai Zakai has been herself in the last 3 decades, she discovered the work of Chris Jordan (Seattle) as well as Fern Shaffer’s and Othello Anderson’s (Chicago).

Describing the artists and the complexity of the exhibition in her own words:

“Their long-term commitment to create a better dialogue between human and nature, and their ability to convey their messages through stunning beauty, is what makes their artwork a significant social, spiritual and ecological document. In relation to contemporary photography (and like good ‘slow food’) I would like to define these long term art processes also as slow photography.

These artworks bring out the holistic understanding of the ecological system and its interconnectedness. Fragments from the process and the echo of the researches appear in each of the photographs and in the whole. The camera of the artists functions also as the third eye. The artists create a new aesthetic language and expose what society refuses to see.

When all of these elements work in synergy, the act of the photograph serves as the last stage of the environmental process, and bound it all together.

These rituals, holds the power to create a new consciousness, to raise environmental awareness and to even change a destiny of a place. The major ecological issues investigated – deforestation, sea pollution, global warming, and loss of biodiversity, over-consumption, and lack of environmental awareness.”

More information on the artists:

Fern Shaffer and Othello Anderson

Chris Jordan

Shai Zakai

By Nikolai Huckle

Nikolai is a BA-student in Individual Studies at the Leuphana University Lueneburg. He did a five months internship at Cultura21 in the framework of the Leuphana PLUS program. Nikolai studiert das Studium Individuale an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg und absolvierte im Rahmen des Leuphana Plus Programms ein fünfmonatiges Praktikum bei Cultura21.