June 3 – October 2
MELTDOWN continues its journey in New Zealand, where rivers have rights
Just as our travelling exhibition MELTDOWN closes in Ljubljana, the locally produced and sustainably distributed exhibition continues its journey in New Zealand. On June 3 it opened to the public after being sailed to its second New Zealand location, Nelson Provincial Museum.
Apart from being one of the first countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future, New Zealand was the first to grant natural resource legal rights. In 2017 the Whanganui River was granted legal rights equal to humans, meaning, harming nature legally equals harming local communities. The legal and philosophical shift is essential – instead of treating nature as a resource and from a perspective of ownership and management, we treat it equally as an essential part of a whole.
The same philosophy can be found in our exhibition MELTDOWN Visualising Climate Change. It runs as a thread throughout the production, distribution and central theme. The exhibition focuses on human-induced climate change. It sailed from the North Island in New Zealand (Te Ika-a-Māu), from the museum Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, to the South Island (Te Waipounamu), where it is shown at Nelson Provincial Museum.
including work by Renate Aller (DE/USA) Corey Arnold (USA) Michael Benson (USA) Scott Conarroe (CA) Simon Norfolk (NG/UK) Christopher Parsons (USA) Peter Funch (FR/USA) Noémie Goudal (FR) Erwin van den Ijssel (DK) Adam Hinton (UK/USA) Klaus Thymann (DK)
MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Change
Friday June 3 – Sunday October 2
10am – 5pm weekdays 10am – 4.30pm weekends
The Nelson Provincial Museum
Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson Central, Nelson
The Space Between Memory and Expectation photo book published by Kehrer Verlag ISBN: 978-3-96900-027-4 in the USA signed copies available via Photo-Eye Books Essays by: Makeda Best, Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums and Courtney J. Martin, director of the Yale Center for British Art