From the myth of Progress to the Sixth Extinction

by Kim Levin

In the early 1990s, after the Berlin Wall fell and following 40 years of Cold War marred by multiple conflicts across the planet, it was the dawn of a new hope for the world. Today, the world has been left wanting. Drama and trauma continues to pile up, and in the crosshairs are ecological disasters that have gradually become a part of our routine. With a lot of faith and commitment, Kim Levin asks a fundamental question: how can contemporary artists represent these disasters, or better yet, how can art play a role in raising awareness about the harm happening today? Without appealing to the spectacular or entering into a trauma bidding contest, that is.