GEOHISTORY

GEOHISTORY

Selected images from work in collaboration with Lena Dobrowolska.

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Geohistory presents works from Dobrowolska’s and Ormond-Skeaping’s ongoing body of work on Climate change and the Anthropocene.

Defined as the Anthropocene the proposition of an anthropogenic shift to a new geological epoch has revealed the power of human agency.  As a geological  force human agency is responsible for the unprecedented warming of our planet, yet perversely it is those who contribute least to the anthropogenic warming of our atmosphere that are most vulnerable to the risks associated with Climate Change.

As rising temperatures continue to increase the frequency of natural disasters, periods of food insecurity, water stress and energy poverty; development in the most vulnerable nations is predicted to be disrupted leading to increased emissions, environmental damage and the perpetuation of inequality. However in contradiction to this prevailing narrative many of the most vulnerable nations have become experts in adaptation to climate Change and continue to develop while emerging as leaders in the use of renewables and the de-carbonisation of economies.

Working with medium format film cameras Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping approach the landscape of the Himalaya recognising the regions high level of vulnerability to the risks associated with Climate Change. Documenting phenomena associated with vulnerability, development, pollution, energy poverty, rural-urban migration, ecosystem services and glacial recession Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping continue to symbolise different nodes and feedback loops within the mechanism of climate change.

In the absence of a visible agent  to represent  the figure of climate change that acts upon the scenes depicted, Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping work with titles that are intended to reveal the presence  and question the identity of the powerful force of human agency that is intertwined within all of Earth’s systems.

By asking who is the Anthropos” the invisible agent or the one human in charge of the geostory that is the Anthropocene, Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping reveal how human agency is made up of many different individuals each with varying degrees of agency that cannot all be ascribed equal responsibility for shaping the planet as a newly defined geological force (Latour).

Recognising the Anthropocene and Climate Change as cultural paradigms, Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping intend their indexical representation of climate, environmental, geological, economic and geo-political events to serve as historic markers that represent the geohistorical significance of the often banal acts that constitute human agency.

Teo Ormond-Skeaping (born 1987, UK ) & Lena Dobrowolska (born 1985, Poland) are a Polish British artist collaboration working with conceptual documentary photography and artist film currently living and working in both England and Poland.