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Art for a Healthy Planet 2021

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Image above: Diana Thater, Delphine, 1999. Installation view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and LACMA. Photography by Frederik Nilsen.

To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken. Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top, top priority for everyone, everywhere. - António Guterres, UN Secretary-General


Nature is currently declining at rates unseen in human history, with up to one million species threatened by extinction. Everything on our planet is interconnected - and we are part of the equation. If we are to avert a climate and biodiversity disaster, we must come together to fundamentally reset our relationship with nature.


In 2021, ART 2030 invites the art sector, the SDG sector and beyond, to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. First launched and initated by ART 2030 in 2020, the Art for a Healthy Planet digital campaign continues to call for urgent action to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet, through the power of art.


On Earth Day and World Environment Day 2021, relay the message by sharing great artworks that speak to the need for a healthy planet on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook .


Join the #ArtforaHealthyPlanet movement!

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Images 1-7: Ernesto Neto, Cura Bra Cura Té, 2019. Installation view at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. © Pinacoteca de São Paulo. Photos: Levi Fanan. Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.

Cura Bra Cura Té: Ernesto Neto


For Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, art is a way to envisage possibilities to foster new ethics of common good and sociability, to build a future in which we as humans live in harmony with nature. Neto's oeuvre is sensorial in its essence - his work is to be touched, played with, handled, walked in, sat on, smelled... Through interaction, he invites audiences to access their intrinsic spirituality and humanism, and to also experience ecology, sensuality, and the spirit of community. Neto creates environments for conviviality, for taking a breath and for stimulating consciousness and awareness.


In his 2019 retrospective Ernesto Neto: Sopro (Blow) at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the artist created a majestic forest installation entitled Cura Bra Cura Té. Roughly translated as "Cure Brazil, cure the Earth", the title hints at a hidden message from the artist behind the words "Cura Té" - to "Cure Yourself". Through its powerful maternal embrace, the work suggested that the forest will prompt our collective healing. Imbued with medicinal leaves used in indigenous rituals, the aromatic in situ work offered a communal space for gathering, sheltering rituals, celebrations and immersive contemplation, key features that anchor his practice.


At the centre of the space, a wooden pole used for torturing slaves symbolized the brutality of colonialism and necropolitics. With the force and the blow of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian representatives, the trunk was cut in four ritual events in an attempt to illustrate their spirituality and connectedness to the Earth.


Click here to discover Ernesto Neto's Earth Day 2021 contribution.

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Image 1-2: Diana Thater, Delphine, 1999. Installation views at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015. Images courtesy of the artist and LACMA. Photography by Frederik Nilsen.

Delphine: Diana Thater


Artist Diana Thater is known for creating layered and poetic video installations that engage with threats to the natural world, from the extinction of species to long-lasting environmental disasters. Her immersive works immediately make viewers understand how much they stand to lose.


In Delphine, 1999, Thater worked for the very first time with untrained animals in their natural habitat. A conscious activist for environmental protection and preservation, Thater hopes that Delphine generates a sympathetic response from the viewer and creates a new way to communicate between species. “Just because we can’t communicate verbally doesn’t mean we can’t communicate in other ways,” the artist observes.

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Image 1-3: Diana Thater, Chernobyl, 2011. Installation views at Hauser & Wirth, London. Images courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Chernobyl: Diana Thater


In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine exploded. It allegedly released 100 times more nuclear debris than the Hiroshima bomb and was responsible for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of people. Filmed in the ‘Exclusion Zone’, a 30 kilometre area that surrounds the site of the nuclear disaster, Diana Thater’s Chernobyl, 2011, spotlights the consequences of manmade environmental disasters.


Thater writes: “Chernobyl is falling into ruins, but still looks like a city; there are stores, apartment buildings, schools. Even though it’s deserted and falling apart, animals are moving into the city. On the one hand, you have a perfectly preserved Soviet city from 1970; on the other hand, this irradiated zone where animals live but cannot thrive. Chernobyl represents a failure of a massive political system, a way of life, and of science. Yet nature continues to persist. Not because it wants or chooses to, but because it must.”

Video: Diana Thater, Yes, there will be singing, 2020. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

Yes, there will be singing: Diana Thater


In her newest work, Yes, there will be singing, 2020, Diana Thater invites Whale 52 to sing for anyone willing to listen.


Whale 52 is likely a male blue whale, which has never been seen, only heard over a period of decades. He calls out at 52 hertz, a frequency outside that of a normal whale of his kind. Scientists have suggested that the odd frequency of Whale 52’s songs may be due to his being deafened by Navy sonar, seismic surveys, ships and other kinds of human sound pollution, which have been shown to dramatically affect whale vocalisation and hearing.


Nicknamed "the loneliest whale alive," as his possible hearing impairment would have left him unable to communicate with other whales, Whale 52 and his uncommon songs remain a mystery, yet they resonate as potent symbols of how humans disrupt the natural world.

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Calling upon our governments and societies to take urgent action for nature and biodiversity continues to be our priority in 2021. Our goal is to raise awareness about the current climate and biodiversity crisis across the art sector and beyond, to empower actions through art - we trust that these actions, will inspire the entire planet to create real impact and change.


The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat are all products of biodiversity - the interconnected web of life on Earth. Biodiversity is the most complex feature of our planet and it is the most vital. Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity.


Since the industrial revolution, human activities have increasingly destroyed and degraded forests, grasslands, wetlands and other important ecosystems. 75% of the Earth’s ice-free land surface has already been significantly altered, most of the oceans are polluted, and more than 85% of the area of wetlands has been lost. Globally, monitored population sizes of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020.


The findings are clear: our relationship with nature is broken. When we damage the Earth, we damage our own health - human beings are as susceptible as any other species. A deep cultural and systemic shift is urgently needed. We must rebalance our relationship with the planet to preserve the Earth’s amazing diversity of life and enable a just, healthy and prosperous society – and ultimately to ensure our own survival.

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