What's on: Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef) by Janet Laurence

An installation by our artist-in-residence created for the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Installation detail, Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef)

Installation detail, Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef)
Photographer: Marc Domage © Janet Laurence

Event Type:
Special event
Time:
9:30am - 5pm
Location:
Wild Planet gallery, Level G
Admission:
Free after admission

In this moving installation the AM’s artist-in-residence Janet Laurence explores the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. Created during a residency at the AM’s Lizard Island Reef Station and containing Museum specimens, this is the Australian premiere of the work after showing at the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Focusing on coral bleaching, Janet's multi-disciplinary practice creates metaphoric propositions that are based on known science and her own experience of threatened natural environments. Working with scientist Dr Mandy Reid on Lizard Island, Janet took underwater photographs and set up what she calls "underwater homeopathic treatments for bleached coral".

Her response is a faint but deeply felt call, an emergency response: a hospital for the Reef in this time of ecological crisis, intended to aid survival and effect transformation.

 

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