Fracking in South Africa is a big deal. The act of hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo by one of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies to mine the resource of shale gas is one that has been vehemently opposed in South Africa. Around 20 million litres of water are required per ‘frack’ – enough to supply the town of Graaff-Reinet for three days.
Greenhouse gas emissions, chemical pollution and potential contamination of the land are but a few more reasons why profit shouldn’t prevail over nature in this instance (or any instance really). In light of this, Karoo Disclosure, a collaborative art installation that investigates the highly contentious issue of fracking, opens at the Iziko South African Museum on Saturday, 29 August 2015.
The exhibition explores notions of heritage, culture, ownership, and legitimacy in the context of external economic and political drivers that threaten to change the landscape and the lives of communities in unforeseen ways. It is an example of ‘how artists tackle issues of the environment in their practice with a particular emphasis on care for the land’ says Professor Virginia MacKenny who will be exploring environmental concerns in artists’ work in her presentation.
Karoo Disclosure comes at a pivotal time in South Africa’s history when national government has given the green light for fracking prospecting to begin in the Karoo with the explicit intention to exploit its reserves. The exhibition opening will feature a discussion panel on the issue of fracking led by experts in Anthropology, Climate Change, Art and Natural Science. This panel of experts will include World Wildlife Fund (WWF) energy expert, Saliem Fakir; UCT Anthropology Professor Lesley Green; UCT Art Professor Virginnia MacKenny, Curator of Karoo Palaeontology at Iziko, Roger Smith and Art theorist, Andrew Lamprecht.
Where TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, CBD
When Saturday, 29 August 2015
Cost Free entry
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Photography HSM Images