Exhibition Dates: November 2-8, 2012
Guangyu Hall, Pingshan Village, Anhui Province, China
It was not so long ago that the Greater Himalaya were viewed as a remote, frigid clime of little consequence, to which only the most intrepid adventurers were drawn. The immensity of these larger-than-life features of our natural world–oceans, deserts, rivers, mountains and glaciers–evoked awe and even fear. Now these seemingly eternal and invincible aspects of our planet's architecture are on the defensive.
COAL+ICE moves from the coal mines deep within the earth to the glaciers of the greater Himalaya where greenhouse gasses are precipitously warming the high altitude climate. As these mighty glaciers melt at an accelerated pace, the great rivers of Asia that flow from the Tibetan Plateau into the oceans are disturbed, affecting the lives of billions of people downstream.
The 2012 Yixian International Photo Festival presents COAL+ICE at Guangyu Hall in Pingshan Village. COAL+ICE debuted in Fall 2011 at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. COAL+ICE is a documentary photography exhibition featuring the work of photographers from China, the United States, Malaysia, Canada, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom, whose work, when brought together, visually narrates the complex chain of consequences that are triggered by mankind's use of fossil fuels.
COAL+ICE is a project of the Asia Society's Center on US-China Relations
Curators: Susan Meiselas and Jeroen de Vries
Exhibition Design: Jeroen de Vries
Participating photographers: Alfredo D’Amato, George Mallory, Robert Wallis, Bruce Davidson, Gleb Kosorukov, Song Chao, Builder Levy, Ian Teh, Stuart Franklin, Cameron Davidson, Jimmy Chin, Thomas Hoepker, Clifford Ross, Jonas Bendikson, Vittorio Sella, Daniel Shea, Lewis Hine, W. Eugene Smith, David Breashears, Major Edward O. Wheeler, Wang Mianli, David Hurn, Nadav Kander, Wu Qi, David Seymour, Niu Guozheng, Yang Junpo, Yang Shaobin, Geng Yunsheng, Robert Capa and Yu Haibo
Thanks to participating organizations: GlacierWorks, China Features / China Photo Archive, Magnum Photos, m97 Gallery, Panos Pictures, Visu Artists, Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s., the Royal Geographical Society, Long March Space, and the National Archives.
Major support for the COAL+ICE exhibition was provided by the Arthur Ross Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the 11th Hour Project.