Art of Environmental Justice in an Expanded Field: A Symposium on Creative Activism and Eco-Politics across Boundaries

Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
9:00am to 6:00pm

This one-day event brings together leading international contemporary artists who engage problems of environmental justice in expansive ways. The purpose: to highlight the critical power of visual art to reimagine the politics of ecology across various boundaries—not just national borders but also socioeconomic classes, identities, disciplines, species, and media. Speakers will discuss creative projects that demonstrate the far-reaching capacity of visual art to interpret urgent ecological issues and problems of environmental inequality for a broad public. Participants will also consider the aesthetic and practical implications of environmental justice for expanding art itself. The format: nine 30-minute artist presentations, organized in three sessions with faculty moderators and audience Q&A. Lunch available and reception following.


RAVI AGARWAL, New Delhi-based artist, environmental activist, writer, curator
AMY BALKIN, San Francisco-based artist engaging ecology and the public sphere
SAMMY BALOJI, mixed media artist based in Democratic Republic of Congo
SUBHANKAR BANERJEE, photographer, activist, professor of art at U. of New Mexico
TEDDY CRUZ, architect and professor of public culture, UC San Diego
FONNA FORMAN, professor of political science, UC San Diego
EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS, multimedia artist focused on Native land and sovereignty
STEVE KURTZ, founder of tactical art-technology collective Critical Art Ensemble
LUCY ORTA, Paris-based collaborative multimedia artist and eco-activist

Sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute. This event is part of Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice Series. For more information, visit the event website.

Free and open to the public 

Location: Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture