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2021

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Pictured above (from left to right): Luise Faurschou, Founder and Director of ART 2030, Copyright ART 2030. teamLab, Copyright teamLab and courtesy of the artists. Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern. Photo by Hugo Glendinning, 2016, Courtesy of Tate Modern. Gallery Climate Coalition, Courtesy of Gallery Climate Coalition. Alfredo Jaar, Photo by Jee Eun Esther Jang. Courtesy of the artist.

ART 2030 invites art-sector luminaries to address World Leaders at the United Nations Headquarters


ART 2030 supports the United Nations High-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development, hosted by the 75th United Nations President of the General Assembly in collaboration with UNESCO, by inviting art sector luminaries to address the event theme of “Building back better: towards a more resilient and impactful sector, throughout COVID-19 and the Decade of Action.”


At this event, Ambassadors, World Leaders, UN Agencies, and more will hear statements from Tate Modern Director Frances Morris, Artist Alfredo Jaar, Artist-collective teamLab, Nonprofit organization Gallery Climate Coalition, alongside ART 2030 Founder and Director Luise Faurshou. These #Voices4Culture are invited to strengthen the bridge between the art sector and the policy sector, to work together for a common goal.

The luminaries statements


Culture is an essential component of human development, representing a source of identity, connection, innovation and creativity. Tangible and intangible cultural expressions have demonstrated the ability to drive social inclusion, poverty eradication, responsible environmental stewardship, sustainable economic growth and ownership of development processes. In recognition of culture and creativity’s crucial contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across its 17 Goals, the United Nations General Assembly has designated 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.


In accordance with the General Assembly Resolution 74/230, the President of the General Assembly will convene a one-day High-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Held on Friday 21 May 2021, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, will highlight the resilient and transformative role of culture as an accelerator of Sustainable Development Goals implementation, as well as the challenges within the cultural and creative industries and the broader cultural ecosystem that were exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Alfredo Jaar

Photo by Jee Eun Esther Jang

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and film maker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010, 2021) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992); Whitechapel, London (1992); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994). Major recent surveys of his work have taken place at Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2008); Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst e.V.,Berlin (2012); Rencontres d’Arles (2013); KIASMA, Helsinki (2014) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017) and ZEITZ Museum, Cape Town, South Africa (2020).


The artist has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2019.


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Frances Morris

Photo by Hugo Glendinning, 2016

Frances Morris has been Director of Tate Modern since 2016. Curator, writer and broadcaster, Frances joined Tate in 1987 becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern in 2000 and Director of Collections, International Art from 2006. Alongside many exhibition projects and publications, including acclaimed retrospectives of Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama and Agnes Martin, Frances has led the transformation of Tate’s International Collection, strategically broadening and diversifying its international reach and representation, developing the collecting of live art and performance and pioneering new forms of museum display.


Frances has played a leading role Tate’s strategic response to climate emergency since its declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency in July 2019.


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teamLab

Courtesy of teamLab

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, Computer Graphics animators, mathematicians and architects whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world.


teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perception of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity. teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary, and Ikkan Art International.


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Gallery Climate Coalition

Courtesy Gallery Climate Coalition

The Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC) is a charity founded in 2020 by a group of gallerists and professionals working in the commercial arts sector as an attempt to develop a meaningful and industry-specific response to the growing climate crisis. The goal of GCC is to facilitate a greener, more sustainable art world and to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint by at least 50% by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement. This will be achieved by providing members with industry-specific guidelines and practical tools including a carbon calculator to measure emissions.


Since launching, GCC has become an international organisation with a membership of over 400. It is in the process of establishing several strategic regional groups, the first being in Berlin and London. Conversations about setting up further groups are in progress.


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Luise Faurschou

Photo by ART 2030

Luise Faurschou is the Founder and Director of ART 2030. As a cultural entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the art sector and currently as Founder and Director of Faurschou Art Resources, Luise Faurschou has commissioned and represented a wide range of leading contemporary artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei, Robert Rauschnberg, Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat and Edvard Munch, as co-Founder of Faurschou Foundation (2011-14), Faurschou Beijing (2007-2014) and Gallery Faurschou (1986-2011).


In 2017, Luise Faurschou founded the nonprofit organisation ART 2030, working with art as the key to achieve the UN Global Goals by opening people’s hearts, minds and imagination – to inspire action for a healthy and sustainable future.

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