For Photo London 2018 East Wing presents works exploring vital topics connected to eminent environment crises. Mandy Barker, Caleb Charland and Arko Datto each take a unique point of view on how our planet continues to struggles with the unbalanced state of our ecosystem.
Mandy Barker was shortlisted last year for the Prix Pictet for her series 'Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals' which focuses on the subject of micro plastic pollution and its insidious effect on our environment. Drawn from plankton studies by marine biologist, John Vaughn Thomson in 1880's Ireland, Mandy’s work illustrates how this same plankton is now ingesting plastic. Likewise, her award winning series, Soup was drawn from her experiences following massive garbage patches with scientists on the world's oceans. Mandy’s images draw audiences in with their beauty, but underneath lies shocking revelations of this growing concern.
The first environmental refugees are the human face of global warming as their homes and communities are ravaged by rising tides and erosion. Arko Datto’s 3-year project, 'Shunyo Raja / Kings of a Bereft Land', documents the plight of the world’s largest delta, the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna which is also home to the Sunderbans; the world’s largest contiguous halophytic mangrove forest. Arko honestly portrays the unsustainable challenges faced by residents as the delicate balance between land, air and sea are threatened.
As violent storms leave governments scrambling to cope with failing energy infrastructures, Caleb Charland takes an imaginative look at expanding upon the classic grade school science project of the potato battery in his series, 'Back to Light'. Caleb’s photographic experiments function as micro utopias, illustrating creative possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production.
The work of all three artists communicate aesthetic and informative translations of the on-going global crises.