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Justin Brice Guariglia: Reduce Speed Now! at Somerset House

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Time 10:00
Date 16/04/19
Price Free

Join American artist and environmental activist Justin Brice Guariglia, as he takes over Somerset House courtyard to address the ecological crisis with his largest scale installation to date.

Running from Tue 16 - Sun 28 Apr, 10:00 - 18:00 (Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun), 11:00 - 20:00 (Wed, Thu & Fri)

In this new project commissioned by Somerset House, Guariglia brings together the critical voices of international activists, poets and philosophers to address the ecological crisis as a catalyst for social and political change.

Contributors include the 16-year-old Swedish political activist, Greta Thunberg, whose protests over the past year have since mobilised students across the world and recently inspired thousands of young people across the UK to protest against political inaction on climate change. Her speech sits alongside the voices of global indigenous elders, whose lives are deeply connected to nature and the preservation of ancient human wisdom. Another sign displays the poem Rise: From One Island to Another by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna, from the Marshall Islands and Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) respectively. The islanders’ poem demonstrates the interdependency of the world and forms a call for action to city dwellers in the face of an environmental crisis.

Other writing includes excerpts from French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour’s provocative publications; witty aphorisms written by eco-theorist Timothy Morton; and Guariglia’s own thoughts on climate change, accumulated from over two decades of work addressing the subject.

The striking installation extends beyond the courtyard with a further LED warning sign by Guariglia located on Somerset House’s Lancaster Place, addressing the public in a range of different languages widely spoken in the capital.