Saturday, October 24 - 10:30AM to 11:15PM
This panel discussion and exhibition were originally scheduled to be part of the fifth FotoFocus 2020 Biennial . This year's theme, Exploring Light and Its Contrasts , considers the implicit signification of the word light. According to Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, "Light implies a force of good, and it conjures hope, clarity, and rational thought." Flickering evokes an intermittent flashing and indicates a warning sign as we exit the Holocene, the geological epoch of climate stability that gave rise to agriculture, civilizations, and our global economy. The three artists in this panel discussion consider our entry into the Anthropocene, an era when human activity is the dominant influence on the environment. Each artist will discuss how their practice addresses human impacts on the environment, and their regard for audiencing and effecting positive change. We believe close examinations of accelerating sea level rise and species extinctions, persistent droughts and flooding, food scarcity, lead poisoning -- and other environmental catastrophes that disproportionately impact people of color and poor, mostly non-white inhabitants of the "global south" -- are essential considerations in a time of social injustice, healthcare insecurities, and rising political discord.