Art and Culture Program
The Loss and Damage Collaboration's Art and Culture Program brings together cultural and creative practitioners and Loss and Damage actors to explore the role that the former can play in addressing, an raising awareness of the needs to address, Loss and Damage from climate change.
For enquiries directly related to the Art and Culture Program please contact the Project Lead on art.lossanddamagecollaboration [@] gmail.com. Please also find the projects concept note here.
The Programs Aim
Although cultural and creative practitioners are playing a vital role
in raising awareness
and driving critical
engagement in the climate crisis as an intersectional problem, they have largely been unable to meaningfully engage in the UNFCCC process on the issue of Loss and Damage, and therefore very few have knowingly engaged with the critical issues of non-economic loss and damage (NELD) and Loss and Damage finance.
In order to encourage greater engagement with these important issues, we believe that cultural and creative practitioners need to be given the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary dialogues, which introduce, translate, explore and examine the concepts and technical language that make up the Loss and Damage discourse under, and outside of the UNFCCC.
They need to be supplied with entry points and a mandate to engage with the issue of Loss and Damage by critical theory relating to their disciplines authored by renowned practitioners from their field. And they need to be given financial, critical and technical support to create innovative new projects that address, and explore the need to address Loss and Damage.
In doing so, we believe that cultural and creative practitioners and the Loss and Damage actors that they engage with, will quickly be able to find transdisciplinary links between the ethical and political issues surrounding Loss and Damage finance and the key issues currently being widely explored within the arts and humanities in relation to the combined climate, human rights and environmental crisis and the drive towards decolonization.
Who It Will Engage
The program aims to engage the following groups from both the global North and South:
Cultural and creative practitioners: Including but not limited to cultural theorists, art historians and curators, artists, fiction film makers, artist film makers, and documentary film makers, digital directors and practitioners working with emergent technologies such as VR, AR and 360 film, photographers, authors, performers and dancers, composers and musicians, playwrights, archivists and museologists.
Loss and Damage actors: Including but not limited to policymakers, academics, researchers, negotiators, legal advisors, and activists within the Loss and Damage Collaboration (L&DC) and beyond.
Artist In Residence
As part of its Art and Culture Program the Loss and Damage Collaboration hosts an Artist In Residence (L&DC + AIR) program that invites creative practitioners from a broad range of disciplines including but not limited to artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians and composers.
The L&DC + AIR program has been established to create a platform for creative practitioners from the global South and global North to meet and share work, experiences, ideas, expertise and pursue collaborations with policymakers and researchers working on loss and damage on projects that address loss and damage.