Drink in the Beauty
Opens: 4 June 2021
Closes: 22 May 2022
Drink in the Beauty is the first show to celebrate the GoMA’s 25th anniversary year. The exhibition draws on rare work by Anna Atkins from its renowned collection alongside recent acquisitions – including work by Carol Rhodes and Sara Barker. The exhibition also features artist film works borrowed from Jo Ganter, Ilana Halperin and Jade Montserrat with Webb Ellis.
The title comes from a quote ‘Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see’, by the eminent conservationist and author Rachel Louise Carson, and underpins the theme of the show – to inspire us to think about our connections to nature within the landscape around us and our responses to global injustices. It is over 50 years since Carson wrote her groundbreaking work Silent Spring on the catastrophic and wide ranging effects of the use of pesticides. This publication is often credited with advancing the global environmental movement and while we are in a time when a pandemic has devastated lives worldwide alongside a climate emergency, this writing is as relevant now as it was then.
Drink in the Beauty explores representations of landscape, geology and human aspirations by artists who have documented and recorded the natural environment. More pressingly it opens up conversations with current debates on climate justice and legacies of the British Empire.
Urgent Nature (2019) Jo Ganter, Friday 4 June – Monday 26 September 2021
Clay (2015) Jade Montserrat with Webb Ellis, Tuesday 27 September 2021 – 27 January 2022
Center for Short-Lived Phenomena (1973/2005) and The Library (2013) Ilana Halperin 28 January – 22 May 2022
Image: Still from Urgent Nature (2019) Jo Ganter. Courtesy & © the artist