A few weeks ago I got to check out an amazingly inspiring exhibit in Manhattan. ONE – one planet one future deals with all of what its name implies. This exhibition is one of a kind and unfortunately also one of the fewer ones found throughout the city that point out an important topic affecting each and every one of us today. It aims to raise awareness of the pollution going on in our world and points out the immense amount of trash floating around our globe.
ONE is an exhibit funded and created by the Time Shrine Fund, which is an organization founded by the photographer whose work is exhibited here. Anne de Carbuccia has always been interested in environmental preservation and has worked on this personal project for almost 20 years altogether. Her most recent photos are displayed in this exhibit – they were taken from 2013 and on.
While Carbuccia’s primary goal is climate and environmental protection, she also raises awareness of current issues going on in this planet and how each and every one of us can slowly but effectively help. The topic of trash and garbage disposal/ elimination is an important theme. In a short video outlining her project, she explains how throughout the years she has seen more and more trash floating around even the most remote areas where she has been photographing– objects which she didn’t necessarily encounter at the beginning of her project.
The constellation of the gallery itself is impressive: Artificial bridges and walk-ways lead across man-made rivers of water, which simulate Sandy floods and the future of sea-level rise in this area of Manhattan (think global warming and the melting of glaciers causing it). The pictures themselves are fascinating, as they depict so-called time shrines – man-made constellations of the demise of time – in front of impressive sceneries. Over time Carbuccia accumulated an array of objects to include in these time shrines, one of them being the hourglass.
You can see these shrines built up in front of places as remote as Antarctica and Mount Everest but also in front of more known spots such as the scenery of Utah or France. It’s quite a beauty to look at her images and to appreciate the time shrines in front of the nature and these impressive landscapes, which seem to have already been partly destroyed by mankind or are marked by destruction in the near future.
ONE can be viewed until November 21 at the Westbeth Center for the Arts in the West Village, so be sure to check it out in the upcoming month.