Just as our travelling exhibition MELTDOWN closes in Ljubljana, the locally produced and sustainably distributed exhibition continues its journey in New Zealand. On June 3 it opened to the public after being sailed to its second New Zealand location, Nelson Provincial Museum.
Apart from being one of the first countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future, New Zealand was the first to grant natural resource legal rights. In 2017 the Whanganui River was granted legal rights equal to humans, meaning, harming nature legally equals harming local communities. The legal and philosophical shift is essential – instead of treating nature as a resource and from a perspective of ownership and management, we treat it equally as an essential part of a whole.
The same philosophy can be found in our exhibition MELTDOWN Visualising Climate Change. It runs as a thread throughout the production, distribution and central theme. The exhibition focuses on human-induced climate change. It sailed from the North Island in New Zealand (Te Ika-a-Māu), from the museum Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, to the South Island (Te Waipounamu), where it is shown at Nelson Provincial Museum
MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Change
Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson Central, Nelson
Exhibition Dates: Friday 3 June to Sunday 2 October 10am – 5pm weekdays 10am – 4.30pm weekend