The artworks and writing in this exhibit encourage people to consider what kind of footprint they might be leaving on the planet. From wildfires to the greenhouse effect, so many different examples of the negative consequences of our impact on Earth were brought to attention. All participants passionately urged their audience to consider ways to be more conscientious in their daily lives to hopefully reverse some of the damage already done.
The combination of writing and visual culture is such a powerful force. So often, visual art is written off as only aesthetic, and writing about art is assumed to be supplementary to the artwork. But each discipline holds its own power to evoke, enlighten, and inspire. Each historian’s writing is as unique and diverse as the artworks in the exhibit. Each artist’s work offers a different insight and experience of human impact on Earth.
I can’t emphasize enough how much this project has brought fulfillment to its participants and built a community for students as they practise the skills acquired through their studies. Anthropocities has also reinforced my commitment to keep using art and critical writing as a way to give back to my community. My time at the U of A wouldn’t have been the same without the relationships I’ve built with participants of the project and the experience of sharing our work with everyone. I am truly honoured to be a part of such a rich community of outstanding students.