Curated by Ashish Ghadiali, Against Apartheid explores the origins of climate apartheid through the work of international contemporary artists, activists and scientists.
UN Special Rapporteur, Philip Alston, has dubbed the potential outcome of anthropogenic climate change as “climate apartheid” – where life becomes impossible for increasing sections of the human population. This scenario would predominantly impact black and brown communities living on the frontlines of climate breakdown.
Against Apartheid situates this projected future in historic ecologies of empire – African enslavement, the middle passage, the plantation and the genocide of indigenous peoples as well as the geopolitics of international borders, urban air pollution and species migration.
Featured artists include: Sue Williamson, Khaled Jarrar, Forensic Oceanography, Annalee Davis, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Sylvie Séma Glissant, Kedisha Coakley, Angela Camacho, Ashanti Hare and Iman Datoo. New representations of work by climate scientists affiliated with the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute and by activist collectives, Alarm Phone and the Anti-Raids Network, also feature.
Artists, activists and scientists included in the show put forward strategies for challenging the inherited culture of apartheid – restoring hidden lives and forgotten futures. Works in this group exhibition highlight the transcendence of race-thinking, new ecologies and the intergenerational and interspecies sensibilities through which our sense of future possibility is transfigured and transformed.
Against Apartheid is in partnership with Radical Ecology and supported by Arts Council England and Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter.
Join us for the Against Apartheid opening event on Thursday 28 September from 6-8pm, including a discussion panel with the curator Ashish Ghadiali and featured artists Annalee Davis, Kedisha Coakley, Iman Datoo and Ashanti Hare (now sold out). Ahead of the opening event, there will be a keynote speech from Barbadian visual artist, cultural activist and writer Annalee Davis followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Dr. Sana Murrani. This will be held at the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. Click here to book for the keynote speech.
The exhibition will be on view until Saturday 2 December (11am-5pm).
About Ashish Ghadiali
Ashish Ghadiali is the Founding Director of Radical Ecology. He is also the Co-Chair of the Black Atlantic Innovation Network and Co-Principal Investigator of Addressing the New Denialism, a programme of research and public engagement that has culminated in the influential 2023 paper Quantifying the Human Cost of Global Warming. He is currently the lead author on the policy paper, Towards a New Global Architecture for Climate Finance, and working on Dart River, a book project for Hutchinson Heinemann.
Ashish is also a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Observer, as well as a practising filmmaker with recent credits including Planetary Imagination (2023) a 5-screen film installation for The Box, Plymouth, and the feature documentary, The Confession (2016), for BFI and BBC Storyville.