The Cincinnati Museum’s new art installation explores the links between climate change and racial justice | Arts & Culture
A new multimedia installation exhibition “Regeneration” explores the intersection of climate change and racial justice at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Artist Erin Fung says her exhibit offers museum visitors the chance to listen to conversations with Indigenous groups in Cincinnati, as well as a panel discussion with Indigenous elders, young artists and hunters in Inuvik, which found in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
“‘Regeneration’ is not your typical museum exhibit,” she said. “We’re trying to kind of decolonize organized spaces and allow people to really take a moment to sit down and walk away and listen to real, authentic conversation and appreciate that kind of dialogue.”
She says the installation includes a table and objects that represent each speaker.
Fung says the piece was inspired by thousands of bodies of Indigenous children were found in unmarked graves in former boarding schools over the past year. This is something that indigenous peoples have known for decades. But it wasn’t until recently, when bodies were discovered, that injustice entered the mainstream conversation. This discovery prompted her to explore, through her art, other ways in which Indigenous peoples suffer.
This includes how indigenous peoples are disproportionately affected by climate change.
“So climate change mainly tends to affect our most vulnerable communities…people who don’t necessarily have access to the resources and privileges that allow them to cope with extreme events related to climate change.” she says. “So we have many examples of communities, even along the Ohio River, being directly impacted by the petrochemical industry and pollutants.”
In Canada, Indigenous tribes are already seeing direct changes to their landscape due to climate change. She says melting permafrost, microplastics in food sources and having to relocate due to climate change are all issues that indigenous peoples face.
“What we were trying to do was get Indigenous perspectives on our changing landscapes, hear those conversations, and share traditional knowledge about interconnectedness, sustainability, and responsible stewardship,” he said. she declared.
The exhibit opens Friday and runs at the Cincinnati Museum Center through Jan. 8.