MAGICAL REALISM AT @COP23

The projected image exhibition of my ‘Magical Realism’ series devoted to ecosystems and biodiversity, the most crucial factors in stabilizing climate has taken place at the dedicated press conference at UNFCCC COP23: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentEurope/

Environment Europe, the NGO I founded, is aiming to provide cutting-edge research and education in sustainability, the programme that has been attended by participants from 52 different countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzeland, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, China, India, Bhutan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and Australia with participants representing UNEP, UNDP, ILO, WWF, OECD, IUCN, government departments, companies and leading universities: http://environmenteurope.org/. We are acting as real change makers, which is indeed a new art form.

Environmental art could indeed be a new language communicating the strong environmental message to a wider audiences around the world. The piece ‘Complex Systems. Dorset’ has been shown https://environmenteurope.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/british-pavilion-at-unfccc-cop23-in-bonn/ to mark the launch of our new book, ‘Green Economy Reader’, bringing together some of the leading sustainability thinkers of our time. The book is already a bestseller: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Economy-Reader-Ecological-Sustainability/dp/3319389173/

This unique volume brought together a formidable group of leading sustainability thinkers, including:  David Orr, Peter Soderbaum, Robert Ayres, Anthony Friend, Stefan Speck, Stefan Giljum, Herbert Girardet, Terry Barker, Jeroen van den Bergh, Joan Martinez-Alier, Robert Costanza, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Gar Alperovitz, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson and Peter Victor and deserves to be introduced to a wider community.

I am inspired by natural ecosystems and devote most of my time to the art and science of sustainability. Recently I won the Guardian Travel Photography Award and had my work published in a best-selling National Geographic Album ‘Stunning Photographs’. I have exhibited my work in Austria, UK, Spain, Russia and Peru: St Ives Arts Club (St Ives), DEBUT Contemporary (Notting Hill, London), University of Oxford (Oxord), STITCH ‘Art for the Earth’ auction in London, STITCH & OCEANA show at PHILLIPS (London), Swiss Cottage Gallery (London), Royal College of Art (London), United Nations (Vienna), Global Landscapes Forum (Lima), O3 Gallery (Oxford), OVADA  Gallery (Oxford), Studio 44AD (Bath), Prince Galitzine Library (St Petersburg), British Council (St Petersburg), FOTONOVIEMBRE de Tenerife International Photography Festival (Spain), Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 (Brighton), Brighton Photo Fringe 2014 (Brighton). The British Pavilion at the UNFCCC COP23 conference in Bonn kindly invited me to exhibit in November 2017.

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Image (c) Dr Stanislav Shmelev

 

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