Horniman Museum and Gardens
23 November 2019 to 12 January 2020
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm
MELTDOWN explores the devastating impact of the climate crisis through bringing together photographs and artworks documenting the vanishing of the world’s glaciers, a direct consequence of global warming.
The artworks result from over ten years of research expeditions (from Iceland to India, Iran and Uganda) undertaken by artists commissioned to investigate the disappearance of glaciers in every continent in collaboration with science and research teams.
Works include artist Peter Funch’s use of vintage postcards to capture the effects of glacial recession in America; Norfolk + Thymann’s images the Rhône glacier covered in geo-thermal cloth to limit melting; Richard Mosse’s photography of the ice cave under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland; and Noémie Goudal’s large-scale photographic installation mirroring the shifting glacial landscape in the Swiss Alps, printed on biodegradable paper.
The exhibition finishes with a touchscreen carbon footprint calculator which asks visitors to estimate the carbon-intensity of their lifestyle, and can track their impact over the longer term online.
Created by climate crisis charity Project Pressure, the exhibition aims to use art to inspire action and behavioural change