The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
is always exploring innovative and engaging means to enhance public understanding of climate change. We are proud to present, in collaboration with the UK-based digital media organization 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography, the Decade of Change exhibition designed to document the defining matter of our time: the climate crisis.
This exhibition showcases 61 award-winning entries from three category, namely the Stories Category, the Single Image Category and the Moving Image Categories, of the inaugural Decade of Change photography award (2020) chosen by a jury of leading figures in politics, activism, science and the arts. Sponsored by 1854 and British Journal of Photograph, the award is a global environmental initiative designed to harness the universal power of art and imagery to galvanize climate action. This exhibition in Hong Kong represents the very first stop of a global exhibition that publicizes the award.
Decade of Change has united artistic voices from around the world in an urgent and masterful exploration of the climate crisis — celebrating all that we have to protect, and warning against all that we have to lose.
In the Stories Category, Vivay Jodha’s First Witnesses tells the poignant story of Indian farmers who committed suicide after erratic climate-induced weather patterns made their farms unviable and destroyed, thus destroying their livelihoods. Evangelos Daskalakis’s Kawsak Sacha (The Living Jungle), meanwhile, ruminates on humankind’s capacity to co-exist with the natural world, using as an example amongst an indigenous Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian Amazonia.
Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Single Image Category covers the themes ‘People’, ‘Urban’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Futures’. Lena C. Emery, one of the winners, highlights the little-known ability of fungi to perform a vital service in relieving the pressures we put on the natural world and its resources. Raquel Rivas Navas considers the implications of an impending wave of ‘climate migration’ as certain regions are rendered uninhabitable due to climate change. Slater King muses on the human cost of plastic pollution.
This exhibition has been curated by the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC) in collaboration with 1854 Media. The text accompanying the artwork has been lightly edited by the MoCC for the benefit of its intended audience. For the original text please refer to https://www.1854.photography/awards/decade-of-change/winners/.