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Art Against Climate Change

The Cultural Frontline hears from artists who are speaking out against environmental damage and climate change through their work.

The Cultural Frontline hears from artists who are speaking out against environmental damage and climate change through their work.

We meet the artist bringing climate change to the front doors of one small town in Florida, USA. Xavier Cortada explains why he’s creating public art to demonstrate the potential devastation of melting glacial ice.

How do you tackle the issue of environmental damage in Nigeria and across the world through art? The Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga is taking on that challenge. She talks through her work and discusses how her immersive installations and artworks link everyday luxuries with their detrimental environmental impact on developing nations.

Prepare your nose! We join the BBC’s Lucy Ash as she heads to the ocean with the pioneering Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas. Lucy discovers how Sissel is designing and recreating ‘smellscapes’ to raise awareness about pollution in the Baltic Sea.

Plus- plants on the frontline of protest. The green-fingered artist Lucia Monge reveals why she advocates for plant rights and agitates for access to green spaces, using plants not placards, from Lima to London. Her ‘forest flash mob’ is part-protest, part-procession and features music and sound art by composers including Nicolás Wangeman and Brian House.

Presented by Tina Daheley

Image: People and plants participate in Lucia Monge’s Plantón Móvil performance art protest in Lima, Peru in 2011 Credit: Jorge Ochoa

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27 minutes

Broadcasts

  • Sat 20 Oct 2018 02:32GMT
  • Sat 20 Oct 2018 08:32GMT
  • Sat 20 Oct 2018 17:32GMT
  • Sun 21 Oct 2018 19:32GMT
  • Sun 21 Oct 2018 23:06GMT
  • Mon 22 Oct 2018 03:32GMT
  • Mon 22 Oct 2018 06:32GMT

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