Art and Sustainability

ImageChapter by Maja and Reuben Fowkes on Art and Sustainability in Enough for All Forever: A Handbook for Learning about Sustainability, eds Joy Morray, et. al. (Common Ground:Champaign, Illinois, 2012)

‘The relevance of sustainability for contemporary art can be approached from two distinct angles. On the one hand, we may consider the role of art in highlighting environmental issues, expressing criticism towards unsustainable factors in society, and offering imaginative ideas for how to achieve sustainability. The other approach is to turn eco-criticism back towards the art world itself, to examine the environmental impact of the production of art works, the functioning of art institutions, or, for example, the phenomenon of international art biennials that have mushroomed around the world in recent decades.’

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