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Lecture by Suzanne Dahliwal (St. Joost School of Art & Design, the Netherlands) in the Politics and Performance Series organized by Sruti Bala and Elize Mazadiego.

Event details of Art & Design in the Age of Climate Crisis and Ecocide
Date 28 October 2021
Time 16:00 -18:00
Courtesy of Suzanne Dhaliwal


The cultural shift required to address the climate crisis calls on the cultural sector to look closely at the sites of ecocide globally, to understand the relationship between white supremacy, colonialism and ecological degradation. Frontline communities resisting extraction have been at the forefront of challenging the current rate of exploitation and exposing the absence of monitoring and restoration of vital ecosystems that have brought us to this planetary tipping point.

In this talk, Suzanne will explore how the climate crisis intersects with the ongoing colonial exploitation of crucial ecosystems such as the Athabasca Delta in the Canadian Tar Sands to the Niger Delta. She will share her practice as a climate justice creative to expose the webs of corporate and financial power that have led to the current crisis. Through working in international, intergenerational solidarity her work has sought to uplift those challenging the paradigm which has led to the devastation which characterizes the Anthropocene.

Suzanne Dhaliwal Voted one of London's most influential people in Environment 2018 by the Evening Standard. In 2009 she co-founded the UK Tar Sands Network, which challenged BP and Shell investments in the Canadian tar sands in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, spurring the internationalisation of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Her corporate and financial campaigning spans over a decade, including spearheaded a European coalition to challenge the insurance industry on their underwriting of highly polluting coal and tar sands projects. Suzanne completed a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Spatial Environmental and Cultural Politics at University of Brighton from 2019-2020. Suzanne has led artistic interventions to challenge fossil fuel investments globally and currently works as a creative practice tutor in Ecology Futures at the St. Joost School of Art & Design and is a freelance consultant.