Surviving the End of the World: Colonialism and Climate Change in the Work of Christina Battle and David Hartt | esse arts + opinions

Surviving the End of the World: Colonialism and Climate Change in the Work of Christina Battle and David Hartt

100 - Automne 2020

Although we are now accustomed to thinking of the current epoch as the Anthropocene, the term’s obsession with the present obscures the ways in which colonialism has shaped the climate over the last four hundred years. Analyzing the strategies that Black artists use to visualize the links between colonialism and climate change, the author examines Christina Battle’s billboard series Today in the news more black and brown bodies traumatized the soil is toxic the air is poison (2018), alongside David Hartt’s installation in the forest (2017–2018). By building image archives that blur past, present, and future narratives, these artists ask viewers to stretch their thinking about the timescale of colonialism’s impact on the planet and illuminate the ways that Indigenous and Black subjects have survived and resisted the world-ending conditions of colonialism and transatlantic slavery since 1610.

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