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Image above: Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, Exhibition view at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong (13 February–1 September 2020). © Courtesy the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery.⁠

“This is a planetary emergency. With humanity on the edge of an abyss, and moving in the wrong direction, the world must wake up. Now is the time to restore trust. Now is the time to inspire hope. And I do have hope. The problems we have created are problems we can solve.” – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Our world is at crossroads. We face a triple environmental emergency – biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution. At this truly unique time in history, we need everyone to shift perspectives and behaviors – and great art can do exactly that.

Art for a Healthy Planet is ART 2030’s annual communications campaign to advocate and raise awareness for the critical issues of climate, biodiversity and health of our planet. On Earth Day, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day, join us as we inspire action for our shared future, with the power of art.

Images: Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, Exhibition view at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong (13 February–1 September 2020). © Courtesy the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery.⁠

Bosco Sodi

”More than ever, we need art that can help us reconnect with nature, with ourselves, and with the other humans in order to better understand things.” - Bosco Sodi ⁠

Bosco Sodi is known for his use of raw, natural materials to create large-scale textured paintings and sculptures. His works are a testimony to the artist's ongoing dialogue with nature and landscape, and reflect the temporal nature of life. ⁠

In the past few years, Sodi has turned more to sculpture and the traditions of his Mexican heritage. At his studio Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico, he extracts raw earth from the ground and combines it with water and sand to form clay. He uses this elemental material, one of ancestral significance, to create sculptures that speak of silence, contemplation, of the passage of time, of nature and humanity's connection to it. ⁠

Image 1: Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure. Installation view, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico, February 8 – August 2, 2020. Courtesy the artist; MUAC Mexico City; and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Image 2: Cecilia Vicuña, Skyscraper Quipu (Incan quipu performance, New York), 2006. Cotton, dimensions variable. Photo by Matthew Herrmann. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Image 3: Cecilia Vicuña, Quipu Menstrual/ Menstrual Quipu, 2006, single channel video, duration: 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.

Cecilia Vicuña

"I believe our art and consciousness can play a role in the urgent need to move away from violence anddestruction, to save our environment from impeding collapse... we badly need to find a new way of being inthis Earth." – Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a pioneering artist whose work is deeply engaged with — and hasoften anticipated — contemporary conversations around ecology, indigenous stewardship, and human rights.

For more than four decades, her practice has encompassed political activism, films, painting, sculpture, poetry, and performance. Her artistic language rests heavily on the importance of reclaiming ancestral traditions as a tool of resistance, exemplified by raw wool installations and sculptures know as Quipus, which reference the ancient Andean system of recording statistics and stories through a complex knotting of coloured thread.

Vicuña's foresight, strength and awareness of the state of the planet gives her art the tremendous power to unite the past with the present, humanity with nature, and art with poetry. The artist reminds us of our kinship with the natural world, and urge us to reimagine our future, together.

Andy Goldsworthy⁠

Andy Goldsworthy⁠ / Dandelions⁠ / newly flowered⁠ / none as yet turned to seed⁠ / undamaged by wind or rain⁠ / a grass verge between dual carriageways⁠ / Near West Bretton, Yorkshire, April 28, 1987⁠ © Andy Goldsworthy⁠, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York⁠

Andy Goldsworthy⁠

In a vast career spanning four decades, Andy Goldsworthy has become one of the most prominent and iconic contemporary sculptors. In photographs, sculptures, installations, and films, Goldsworthy documents his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration. ⁠

As the artist has said, "We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So, when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we've lost our connection to ourselves." ⁠

Tabita Rezaire

Tabita Rezaire, Holding, 2021. Poet Slash Artist, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Biennale, 2021. ⁠

Tabita Rezaire

Healer, activist and new media artist Tabita Rezaire uses art as a means to unfold the soul, working at the intersection of visual and therapeutic arts and communication sciences. ⁠

In her holistic approach, inspired by ancestral wisdom, she travels down different avenues of creation and healing with the aim of shifting towards heart consciousness. She invites us to free ourselves from oppressive power structures and systems of knowledge inherited from colonialism and patriarchy, and reminds to see, feel, think, intuit, download, know and trust towards the soul. ⁠

Images: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds), 2020. Powder-coated stainless steel, marble. 635 x 858,6 x 587,1 cm. Photos by Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X and the artist. ⁠

Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade’s sculptural landscapes reflect on the interaction of people and nature, as well as on our relationship with the natural world as a broader philosophical question. ⁠

Her art challenges our perceptions and understanding of the fundamental nature of reality. What makes things what they are—or could everything be totally different?⁠

In ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds), 2020, interlocking frames support large blocks of white marble that appear as ice calved from a distant glacier. Viewers are encouraged to move in and out of the installation and observe how the marble appears to shift from certain angles. This massive, yet fragile universe is Kwade's comment on the instability of perception and the state of the environment. ⁠


In 2022, we are living the consequences of our broken relationship with nature. We are on a fast track to climate disaster: major cities under water, unprecedented heatwaves, terrifying storms, widespread water shortages, and the extinction of a million species of plants and animals. It is time for humanity to make peace with nature for the sake of present and future generations.

Biodiversity refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms) as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live. Humanity lives off those communities and habitats of other species – trough the oxygen we breathe, the fresh water we drink, the food we eat, and the societies and economies we build.

A healthy planet is not an option – it is a necessity.

According to the United Nations, the degradation of the natural world is already undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people, or 40 per cent of humanity. Luckily, the Earth is resilient, but we are rapidly reaching the point of no return for the planet. It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1. 5°C and avert the worst ravages of climate and biodiversity breakdown. Taking action now can move us towards a fairer, more sustainable world.

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