I’m really honored to have contributed the cover image to this important book on migration and global justice co-edited by my friend Prof. Claudia Tazreiter! I took this image in 2017 as artist-in-residence of Plan International, where I visited youth in Lewoleba in Indonesia; Chiang-Mai in Thailand, and Tacloban in the Philippines. In Tacloban, a local tricycle driver took me around the city to witness the aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan that devastated Tacloban in 2013. The image shows a fishing vessel that had run aground Philippine soil during Haiyan.
Working with children and youth who were affected by the climate emergency was one of the most impactful and humbling times of my artistic practice, and I am still grateful to Plan for the opportunity to co-create artworks on climate with them.
The Handbook of Migration and Global Justice is published by Elgar Handbooks and is edited by Dr. Leanne Weber, Professor of Criminology, University of Canberra, Australia and Dr. Claudia Tazreiter, Professor in Ethnic and Migration Studies, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Linköping University, Sweden. This timely Handbook brings together leading international scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and geopolitical perspectives to interrogate the intersections between #migration and global #justice. It explores how cross-border mobility and migration have been affected by rapid economic, cultural and technological globalisation, addressing the pressing questions of global justice that arise as governments respond to unprecedented levels of global migration. Available here: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-of-migration-and-global-justice-9781789905656.html
(Madison, Wisconsin)—These past few weeks, I have had the joy of helping out with the first LunART Summer Arts Camp! LuNART Festival supports, inspires, promotes, and celebrates women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It’s been awesome collaborating with old and new friends: two of my fellow Creative Peacebuilders at The Peace Studio Midori Samson and Maya Williams as well as pianist Satoko Hayami at the Goodman Community Center. Maya and I teach remotely—an optimistic effect of the current global situation is that I can do this at all from my desk here in Sydney.
LunART is thrilled to partner with Goodman Community Center for the first LunART Summer Arts Camp! For nine weeks this summer, middle schoolers at GCC will take weekly arts classes with our teaching artist team: Satoko Hayami and Midori Samson (LunART Community Engagement Coordinators), Maya Williams, and Catherine Sarah Young. Using music, poetry, and visual art, workshops will emphasize play and experimentation, access and equity, confidence and validation, and teamwork and community-building.In addition to arts classes with our teaching artist team, students will experience weekly live performances by LunART guest artists. This component of the day, “Art Share,” will invite LunART artists to present instrument show-and-tells, short interactive concerts, or guided activities.
The Thirteen Artists Awards is the oldest government award for visual artists in the Philippines and is now conferred every three years by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Yesterday they announced this year’s thirteen and I’m humbled and deeply grateful to be on this list together with some very talented and courageous artists who speak truth to power. The list includes Filipino artists in the Philippines and those in the diaspora such as the US (San Francisco), Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), and me in Australia (Sydney). Thank you as well for all the residencies, fellowships, curators and gallerists, mentors, friends, and colleagues who have supported my work in various countries over the years. Maraming salamat po, Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts and Museum Division and congratulations to the other twelve artists! Looking forward to working closely with the museum for a future exhibition curated by the amazing Shireen Seno (13 Artists 2018).
CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division TAA 2021 winners’ announcement
CCP VAMD is very proud to announce this year’s batch of CCP 13 Artists Awardees —
• Allan Balisi
• Nice Buenaventura
• Gino Bueza
• Mars Bugaoan
• Rocky Cajigan
• Geloy Concepcion
• Patrick Cruz
• Ian Carlo Jaucian
• Czar Kristoff
• Lou Lim
• Ryan Villamael
• Catherine Sarah Young
The selection committee, composed of Imelda Cajipe Endaya (13 Artists 1990), Nona Garcia (13 Artists 2003), Nap Jamir II (13 Artists 1974), Gerry Tan ( 13 Artists 1988) and Rica Estrada (CCP VAMD), went through a rigorous online deliberations process in order to come up this year’s batch among the eighty-eight qualified artists that were nominated.
Congratulations to fellow LabVerde alumna, Sabina Sallis, on her multidisciplinary exhibition, Multispecies Visionary Institute! Honored to exhibit The Weighing of the Hearts and Burned Lines works with friends and colleagues at Berwick, UK.
Multispecies Visionary Institute
The Multispecies Visionary Institute (MVI) welcomes you to an immersive body of artworks that is informed by sustainable land practices and spans a diverse range of media and disciplines. Within the exhibition is an Apparatus for Resurgence in Trophallaxis (ART), a storytelling and healing device that uses herbs, hives and other magical, healing substances and actions to engage all senses with images, smells and sounds. The project is accompanied by a series of evolving exhibitions with a structure called (S)Low Disturbance Exhibition Model, and a programme of events gives training for Becoming an Indigenous Organism Mystic (BIOM), both facilitated by the Multispecies Visionary Institute. MVI and ART has been developed by Sabina Sallis who uses drawing, video, performance, sculpture and narrative to investigate the complex entanglement between the human mind, knowledge and more than human worlds. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Arts, Poznan, Poland and is currently completing a practice-led PhD at School of Fine Arts, Newcastle University. The Multispecies Visionary Institute takes places at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed from 10 July – 5 September. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-4pm. Free admission.
June 17, 4-5PM AEST: How can art and science work together to contribute towards sustainability? I’m stoked to give a talk on The Creative Resistance: Art, Science, and Systems Change, and be on the panel on Arts-based Methods for Transformations 2021! I’ll be speaking about my art practice since 2013, and will focus on my PhD work here in Sydney. See you there!
About Transformations 2021: Enabling Positive Tipping Points in an Uncertain World
In 2020 a tipping point may have been crossed on how societies worldwide deal with multiple overlapping crises. On an unprecedented scale we see groups and communities mobilizing to re-imagine and transform the pre-pandemic systems which led to current vulnerabilities, risks, and unsustainable practices. This challenging but also fertile moment calls for urgent knowledge synthesis able to enact positivetipping points and tipping interventions towards new regenerative development trajectories.
Keynote speakers: Jessica Clark – Research affiliate at MIT Open Documentary Lab, publisher of Immerse.news
Kate Raworth – Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab
Ailton Krenak – Philosopher and indigenous movement leader of Krenak ethnicity, Brazil
Heila Lotz-Sisitka – Distinguished Professor at Rhodes University
Honored and happy to be part of this group exhibition:
From SixtyEight Art Institute:
Invitation to our next exhibit:
Memoirs of the Abyss: Three Ecologies and More
5 June – 7 August 2021
SixtyEight Art Institute is very pleased to be able to launch its new exhibition programme, Memoirs of Saturn, with the exhibition ‘Memoirs of the Abyss: Three Ecologies and More”, a group show curated by Malou Solfjeld. Challenging the common tendency to think of ‘infinity,’ limitlessly, the exhibition Memoirs of the Abyss aims to contribute to a ‘finite turn’ by moving away from the idea of endless abundance towards more sustainable forms of cohabitation with nonhumans and their ecosystems. In this way, the exhibition directly engages with the idea of re-imagining the concept of ‘prosperity’ that is central to the themes of the Memoirs of Saturn exhibition series, which this upcoming exhibit inaugurates.
Opening: Saturday 5 June, 13:00-17:00. Gothersgade 167, København K
Drinks will be served, featuring some special new wines among other offerings. We encourage you to come throughout the afternoon, giving time and space to others to enjoy the exhibition, which will be open to a restricted number of guests at a time.
Memoirs of the Abyss is a collaborative artistic and curatorial research project, which examines various ecosystems with a shared awareness of the entanglements of terra (Earth, Soil, Gaia) and territory. The structure of the project reflects this research approach and output, dividing the exhibition across SixtyEight’s own space and a number of events, where public projects will be made accessible in several locations around Copenhagen, while artworks central to the gestation of the project will be shown at SixtyEight’s space on Gothersgade 167.
Catherine Sarah Young Elena Lundqvist Ortíz Enar Dios Rodríguez Madeleine Andersson Signe Vad
Curated by Malou Solfjeld
ABOUT THE WORKS
The work of Enar de Dios Rodriguez focuses on how human actions change and radically alter ecosystems, often leading to invasive operations that destroy biodiversity. In her 2020 video piece Vestiges, the narrative follows the million-year journey of minerals as they become grains of sand. After water, sand is the material most extracted by humans — in 2014, humans consumed 40 billion tons of sand, which makes the artist speculate whether we might run out of sand before we run out of time. Her latest work, Liquid Ground, narrates humanity’s past, present and future underwater excursions, including the current mining of the seabed.The themes of the work will be articulated through a screening at Koncertkirken on 26 June, the church on Blågårds Plads, Nørrebro, followed by a “Samtalekøkken” in which the audience will have the chance to discuss the work with the artist, the curator and SixtyEight Art Institute, while enjoying a meal and natural wines. More info about this event to follow shortly.
Philippine artist Catherine Sarah Young’s work Arctic Ice Chess initiates dialogues about the geopolitical issues at stake in the ‘battle for the Arctic’. As the players discuss and play, the pieces — toy soldiers frozen in ice cubes — melt onto the board, which features a map of the Arctic and its indigenous peoples. The kings and queens are flagged as nations who have political, industrial and economic stakes in oil and shipping, and stand to gain from the melting ice and emerging maritime routes, whereas the pawns represent countries that will be affected by rising sea levels.Over the summer a chess tournament will take place alongside Copenhagen Harbour, in which invited players will discuss the causes and effects of melting ice in the Arctic, and related political and climatic issues. Exact times and dates will be announced during the exhibition period.
From these macro-political issues of climate change and national interests, Danish artist Elena Lundqvist Ortiz zooms in on the bodily and intimate yet universal abyss, which transforms women in all cultures and layers of society. The ongoing work Birth Within the Abyss is situated in the woods north of Copenhagen, and will be open for participants to take part in a creative and transformative process collectively created as a Summer Solstice Rebirth event on Sunday 20 June. Limited space means that interested participants are required to sign up here. First come, first served basis for this reservation. Participants will be invited to stay the night in the forest, where a shelter will host us.In SixtyEight’s front exhibition space on Gothersgade an open laboratory will be running, where material gathered through the curatorial research will be presented. Visitors are invited to reorganize the different elements presented on a wall-size investigation board, and add new inputs of their own.
In the back room, the exhibition becomes bodily, personal, and intimate, by touching upon global issues such as stress, (climate) anxiety and depression amongst humankind. Featured here are Signe Vad’s Death to the Death Starand Placenta Rug, and hearts cast in ashes from the Australian bushfires by Catherine Sarah Young – originally commissioned as peace offerings by The Peace Studio during lockdown. A cocoon-like hammock, a place of restitution and transformation, is accompanied by an open journal titled “Memoirs of the Abyss”. The journal begins with an essay called “Birth within the Abyss” byElena Lundqvist Ortiz, followed by thoughts from the past year about what has individually and collectively been ‘given birth to’, shared by each artist represented in the show, as well as some empty pages for visitors to write on.Finally, Madeleine Andersson’s video Dirty Fossil Fuel is hidden away to surprise visitors in a private space with its humorous yet deeply serious take on humanity’s drive to exploit the Earth’s resources. Find the darkroom and let the shame of excitement fill you. The seduction is explicit, dirty and driven by raw energies, revealing the human tendency and desire for short-sighted behavior and self-destruction.
Malou Solfjeld is an independent curator based in Copenhagen. For three years she ran the residency program and curated a number of exhibitions at CCA Andratx, Mallorca. Her curatorial research interest centres on sustainability, climate, care and ecological concerns. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen, and also studied Neuro-aesthetics at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Catherine Sarah Young holds an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has also studied at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, New York and holds a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines, Manila. She is currently resident at the Sydney Observatory, Australia.
Elena Lundqvist Ortiz holds an MA in Modern Culture from the University of Copenhagen with a specialisation in gender studies and hydrofeminism, and a BA in Art History. She is a member of the Earth Weavers community and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. As a curator she has developed various platforms, previously The Syndicate of Creatures with Signe Vad and Astrid Wang, Hydra with the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology.
Enar de Dios Rodriguez holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2020 her work Vestiges (an archipelago) was celebrated at the PLJ Film Festival in Sarajevo and later in Vienna at This Human World. She is currently in residence at the Laboral Centro de Arte in Giron, Spain, where she will present her Liquid Ground project as a large scale solo exhibition by the end of June 2021.
Madeleine Andersson is an MFA student at The Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen, and holds a BFA from Konstfack, Stockholm. Through humorous, often self-deprecating video installations, she seeks to highlight the emotions and relations that entangle western European lifestyle and climate change. She investigates this mainly through language and performance, aiming to twist and contort the rhetoric of climate discourse to find its limitations and possibilities.
Signe Vad holds an MFA from the School of Photography, University of Gothenburg. She has been active in self-organizing numerous exhibitions spaces and projects on the Copenhagen art scene for many years. She is currently working on the project Office of Emergency, an activist and collaborative project, which addresses the biodiversity and climate crisis, approaching the future as a soon to-be situation, and the human race as a part of the common biodiversity (www.ooe.zone).
Our Entangled Future, a climate fiction anthology of inspiring and hopeful stories, will have two virtual readings this month. I will be reading my olfactory story, The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, for the second event. The series is hosted by cCHANGE Transformation in a Changing Climate and AdaptationConnects at the Department of Human Geography of the University of Oslo. Come spritz your favorite scent while I read you my story!
Series 1: 9:00 -10.30am CEST, Thursday 13 May 2021 (5-6:30PM Sydney) Series 2: 9:00 -10.30am CEST, Friday 21 May 2021 (5-6:30PM Sydney)
I’m stoked to be interviewed by Jo of Occupational Hazards! Thank you for having me!
• • • • • • Catherine Sarah Young is an award-winning artist, designer, and writer. She uses her background in molecular biology, fine art, and interaction design to create interdisciplinary, experimental artworks on the environment.
We discuss her unique approach to climate change awareness, including taking inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to produce art on the Australian bushfire crisis, as well as creating perfume and sewer soap to make the effects of climate change more tangible (because, as she points out, we all have “dying polar bear fatigue”).
Cat has collaborated with researchers, industry, and non-profit organizations all over the world. She is currently a Scientia scholar at UNSW Sydney working on climate change and sustainability, an Obama Leader for Asia-Pacific, and part of Team HB6 of @homewardboundprojects for Antarctica (100 women with a background in STEMM – science, tech, engineering, math, and medicine).
Despite the international acclaim she has received, she places more value on “milestones of resilience” and incremental improvement, drawing from her taekwondo training (she’s a second-degree black belt) to impart life lessons.
This episode is dedicated to all the interdisciplinary thinkers, martial artists, anyone trying to approach a problem from a creative new angle, as well as everyone going through the process of “unlearning.”
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