ALICJA WRÓBLEWSKA. REEF (29.09-27.11)

REEF (2020)

Coral reefs are one of the most beautiful and delicate natural phenomena on Earth. They are formed in seas and oceans where the water temperature stays above 18°C. Due to environmental pollution and warming of the climate, and thusly warming of the water, coral reefs are affected by bleaching. In 2017, 90% of the Great Barrier Reef was subject to mass fading. If we do not stop the global warming, the reefs will disappear forever.

The project includes photographs of objects made entirely of disposable plastic (bottles, mugs, straws, cosmetics and food packaging, etc.). These objects represent future reefs. If we do not drastically limit production of plastic, especially disposable packaging, the reef will be permanently destroyed and replaced by synthetic creations of anthropocene* such as these. Is this what we want for us, for our planet and for future generations?

  • Anthropocene is an informal geochronological term used to define a geological era with a level of human activity of such a high level that it has started causing biogeophysical changes on the planetary scale. The neologism was proposed by the American biologist Eugene F. Stoermer and became widespread in the 2000s thanks to the Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen.