This year, York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) celebrated its 25th year hosting the Eco Arts & Media Festival, built around the theme of Past-Now, Future Generations, which takes up the interconnection of all living things across time.
Individual actions, state violence, uneven power relations and environmental degradation results in different fallout and is experienced across generations. In Anishinaabe terms, this concept of seven generations considers how thinking generationally brings to the fore the importance of respect, continuity and accountability. In the current political climate of rampant violence against Black and Indigenous people across the continent; environmental racism and the ongoing effects of climate change, this year’s Eco Arts and Media Festival acknowledges the generations to come and raises the question of how to create better futures.
Since 1994, the Eco-Arts and Media Festival has featured music, performance, dance and participatory workshops where activism and art practices express perspectives on environmental and social issues.
The Africa-China Journalists Forum & Photo Exhibition took place at Wits University on 1 November. The Photo Exhibition featured 20 images taken by 14 photographers; at the Forum Justin Hui, Hong Kong-based photographer and architect, led a discussion of all the images in the exhibition. The Photo Exhibition was a collection images that best encapsulate “Africa-China”, i.e. emphasising on-the-ground African impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions. The exhibition was displayed in the Atrium of the Southwest Engineering Building on the Wits East Campus.
‘Nepal: Then & Now’ is a photography exhibition that juxtaposes historical and contemporary photographs of Nepal, examining how the physical and social landscape of Nepal has changed over time. This exhibition examined change from the perspectives of the eight photographers. With each comparison showcasing a different interpretation of change in Nepal.
Change is complicated and multi-faceted, impacting society in both negative and positive ways. This exhibition address a multitude of different issues, with each of the 10 comparisons showcasing a different perspective on change in Nepal. In the last hundred years Nepal has gone through a period of rapid change: tumultuous political changes; Nepal opening up its borders; the “hippie invasion” and freak street; becoming a tourist and NGO global hotspot; technological advancements; educational reform; the destruction of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake; increased industrialisation and globalisation.
This show featured 21 photographs, 10 comparisons, from eight photographers: Shisang Lama, Fritz Berger, Bipin Raj Tiwari, Ram Paudel, Katherine Cheng, Pablo Lopez, Shrijana Shrestha, and Peter Gill.