Nature in Flux: An intergenerational conversation on art and climate change

Climate change is the defining issue of our times. While the impacts of climate change are unevenly experienced around the world, communities in the Himalaya are some of the most vulnerable to change.

Understanding and communicating these emerging changes is an increasingly important task for public engagement and education. Responding to this need, artists, poets, writers, photographers and filmmakers who live and work in the Himalaya are taking a more active role in documenting and presenting these changing climate landscapes to the public.

To support these efforts, the India China Institute at The New School in New York and LASANAA, an alternative art space in Nepal, are working to develop a new collaboration focused on engaging the arts and humanities around climate change and the Himalaya.

The exhibition titled 'Nature in Flux,' featured work by artsists KG Ranjit (paintings) and Ashmina Ranjit (performance) in 2014.

The environmental crisis is not merely a natural problem for Ranjit; it is a political problem. This theme is well represented in the painting where the city structures of Nepal, Afganistan, Bhutan, China and other nations of the Asian continent are shown drowning under water. It suggests not only a natural tsunami, but also a political one that can sweep away monuments of history in a matter of minutes. The paintings in the current show pulsate with energy and movement; they seem to suggest that chaotic energies—both natural and political—are shimmering under the surfaces of everyday life. The paintings are not only aesthetic representations of the environmental disasters, but serve also as timely warnings to the human race about the deteriorating condition of global environment.

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