The art of environmental extremism moves fast

We start the year with an inaccuracy that doesn’t want to go away. A threat to all lovers of certainty, the worry is overshadowed by the strength of Omicron, the prospect of a new shutdown, postponed classes and another challenge to the economy, decimated by the two-year pandemic.

There are few resources capable of explaining reality as well as art, which is the most accurate historian of his time as an interpreter and diligent fellow of humanity. Today, quality artistic expressions delve into what happens before our eyes. Perhaps that is why many of them engage in apocalyptic debates and discussions that warn us about the beginning of the end of the world.

I understand creators. This is enough to place him among the most representative of the history of art. Let’s take a visual tour: Medieval architects used the heights of Gothic cathedrals and colored leaded ceilings to divine presence with their magical vibrations.

centuries later, architect of the renaissance They set out to seek a vision of placing man at the center of all things with the same fervor as Baroque theatrics and attempts to empower the Church. In the 20th century, something similar happened with the rejection of abstraction and representation of the human figure as a result of the dehumanization and barbarism of the World War II massacres. Also the artists were right: how to validate a destructive entity of its own kind?

With the intuition of their predecessors, the architects who gave life to the postmodern discourses of the end of the last century and who bet on the digitization and commoditization of intangibles such as cryptocurrencies or crypto art (NFT-Non Fungible Tokens). The new millennium communicates with complaints about damage to the planet due to fossil fuel use, depletion of natural resources, excessive logging and excess greenhouse gas emissions, among many other factors.

Nothing better to exemplify what has been said than the two exhibitions presented by Jumax Museumin CDMX. the first title is thermal range And is realized by the work of the artist Sofia Tabos. This exhibition is in turn linked to the exhibition room temperature, also curated by Mexican and sorted with work from international artists such as Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Eliza Quadé, Marc Dion and Mexican Gabriel Kuri among others.

What is striking about this museological proposal is the way the two projects merge in the warmth of a single theme that focuses on the present as a matter of climate’s impact on people, especially private and heat in public areas. Scope — Already Known — Of climate change on our planet And of course, the effect of consumption on pollution, the radicalization of natural phenomena and the extinction of species.

Fascinatingly, the museum serves as a mirror: we reflect on that cult of resource supremacy in the same way as in a refrigerator that stores shirts, apparently fresh from an industrial washing process, on metal hooks. Hanging and covered with plastic bags the inspiration of Gabriel Kuri, who in the devastation of the oceans in the giant chronology Filled with garbage, or in the crates of a Tabos pool, which refers to the feeling of freshness that reaches us when we immerse ourselves in fresh water.

everything leads us to the present problems And more than anything, for humanity’s vulnerable spot in a destructible environment and borderline temperatures: extremes caused by over a century of neglect between hot and cold, the rise of the Industrial Revolution and the present moment.

Art is empowering because it resonates with the hearts of its users. Let’s take a look at the creators and environmentalists who did as Sameer Sovereign FlowersOppose the unfair, corrupt and discriminatory exploitation of natural resources.

Sameer was murdered in 2019 for protesting the Huexca thermoelectric plant in Cuautla, Morelos. Last year more than thirty environmentalists were murdered in Mexico and more than 227 people were murdered worldwide. The aim of their fight was to save the planet and get more life for us. Let’s identify the problem. There isn’t much time left.

AG

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