Olafur Eliasson

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. | On Culture and Climate: Artist Talk with John Akomfrah and Olafur Eliasson
October 10, 2020

“Who can we trust with our collective future?” A question posed by artist John Akomfrah—raised in relation to his epic video work Purple, which offers a visual meditation on the effects of human progress on the planet—sums up an important issue our global society is facing today. At a time when futures feel uncertain for many reasons, many creatives have turned their eyes toward raising awareness of environmental issues, using culture as a platform to bolster evidence provided by science that we are at a moment of collective crisis.

 

Artists Akomfrah and Olafur Eliasson join National Geographic Magazine editor in chief Susan Goldberg for a discussion on their significant work as both artists and advocates for climate reform, while touching on the ways that artists engage with the important issues of their time and employ art as a tool in the making and shaping of history.