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  • Unlearning Intolerance

    The Unlearning Intolerance Seminar Series aims to examine manifestations of intolerance and explore means to promote respect and understanding among peoples. Initiated by the United Nations Department of Public Information in 2004, the series offers opportunities to discuss how intolerance, wherever it exists and for whatever reason, can be “unlearned” through education, inclusion and example.

    The Unlearning Intolerance art exhibition, Art, Attitudes & Environment, created in 2008 for the Seminar Series, centers on the intolerance of our treatment of our earth and the attitudinal and behavioral changes that must be made in order to protect it. The topics of global warming and environmental preservation are currently at the heart of the development agenda, with governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses and civil society all faced with the challenge of protecting our environment as a means of achieving true human security on a global scale. In the current era, in which scare tactics are most frequently used to generate social action, a unique approach is needed to inspire the general public to take responsibility for our collective future. Artistic expression inspired by our natural environments is a strong emotive way to strengthen community engagement in conservation and preservation.

    The works of art featured in this exhibit were created by seven extraordinary artists/activists whose work draws attention to the environment. They hail from vastly different, yet, as their art demonstrates, ultimately connected parts of the world. The regions they individually represent are Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America, and Western Asia.

    Art, Attitudes & Environment aims to demonstrate to the public that utilizing art as an inspiration based approach in evoking an emotional connection between humankind and nature, can raise environmental awareness, foster environmental values, and inspire reverence and concern for the earth.


    • Japanese artist, Ichi Ikeda, considers water to be a basic human right and medium which will help deliver our planet safely into the future.


    • Noor Al Bastaki, from the Kingdom of Bahrain, looks at the connection between the political and ecological realities and uncertainties within the region.


    • Peruvian artist, Cecilia Paredes has painted her body in oneness into the landscape to deliberately confuse the body with nature.


    • Unlearning Intolerance Symposium hosted in one of the United Nations Assembly Rooms.


    • Subhankar Banerjee photograph of the Yukaghir Ice Fishing.


    • Photograph, “Gwichin Caribou Hunt 1″ by India/US artist, Subhankar Banerjee connecting global issues such as resource wars, global warming and human rights to the struggles of the indigenous Arctic communities.


    • NY based artist, Catherine Chalmers’ still image of a Leopard Gecko from the video “Safari.”


    • Nigerian artist, El Anatsui, weaves the debris of our consumerism— aluminum, bottle caps and copper wire— in his extraordinary tapestries, to remind us of our temporality and decay.

    Exhibition Statement

    The Unlearning Intolerance Seminar Series aims to examine manifestations of intolerance and explore means to promote respect and understanding among peoples. Initiated by the United Nations Department of Public Information in 2004, the series offers opportunities to discuss how intolerance, wherever it exists and for whatever reason, can be “unlearned” through education, inclusion and example.
     
    The Unlearning Intolerance art exhibition, Art, Attitudes & Environment, created in 2008 for the Seminar Series, centers on the intolerance of our treatment of our earth and the attitudinal and behavioral changes that must be made in order to protect it. The topics of global warming and environmental preservation are currently at the heart of the development agenda, with governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses and civil society all faced with the challenge of protecting our environment as a means of achieving true human security on a global scale. In the current era, in which scare tactics are most frequently used to generate social action, a unique approach is needed to inspire the general public to take responsibility for our collective future. Artistic expression inspired by our natural environments is a strong emotive way to strengthen community engagement in conservation and preservation.
     
    The works of art featured in this exhibit were created by seven extraordinary artists/activists whose work draws attention to the environment. They hail from vastly different, yet, as their art demonstrates, ultimately connected parts of the world. The regions they individually represent are Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America, and Western Asia.
     
    Art, Attitudes & Environment aims to demonstrate to the public that utilizing art as an inspiration based approach in evoking an emotional connection between humankind and nature, can raise environmental awareness, foster environmental values, and inspire reverence and concern for the earth.

    Venues

    Art, Attitudes & Environment United Nations, New York, 2008

     

    Participating Artists

    El Anatsui–Nigeria; Ichi Ikeda–Japan; Subhankar Banerjee–India; Philippe Pastor–Monaco; Cecilia Paredes–Peru; Catherine Chalmers–US; Noor Al-Bastaki–Bahrain