Our Fragile Coexistence

Curated by Rory Williams and Christie Chan

‘Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.’

Chief Seattle

The world we live in hangs in a delicate balance. Every day, we interact with the environment in ways that further disturb such balance. Climate change, pollution and destruction of natural habitats—we never cease to receive reminders of the problems we create, be it through the media, conventional education or otherwise. Yet, when these problems can seem so distant, is there still a chance for lessons to be learnt?

Our Fragile Coexistence showcases the artworks of five emerging artists based within the City of Sunderland: Dale Hardy, Joanne Howell, Rachel Jefferson, Natsumi Jones and Abiodun Ogunfowora. Bringing together works of photography, painting, glass and ceramics, the exhibition creates a conversation that addresses the current state of our relationship with our environment. This conversation invites the public to participate and reflect on their place in all of this.

Featuring familiar landscapes and subject matters that local residents may share an affinity with, some of the exhibits confront us with ecological questions that are highly relevant to our community. The conversation continues and extends via various art media and materials, as artists explore possible relief to our fragile coexistence with the world surrounding us.

In the end, it is our hope that this conversation can continue beyond the boundaries of talking and develop into actions of change.