Arne Johan Vetlesen, photo: Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Can Art Be a Climate Activist?

Four artists discuss art and climate in a free panel discussion at Deichman
Time: 21. September 2023 at 7pm

Place: Deichman Bjørvika

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Welcome to speed-dates between philosopher and author Arne Johan Vetlesen, art criticism editor Mariann Enge and four photo artists who all use trees, nature and impermanence in their images.

Every artist gets the same question: “Can art be a climate activist, and if so how?”

Norwegian Siri Ekker Svendsen, Swedish Emanuel Cedeqvist, Danish Nicolai Howalt and London-based Ori Gersht are exhibiting together for the first time in this autumn’s group exhibition All the Whisperings of the World at Fotografihuset in Sukkerbiten. The four artists all investigate the relationship between nature and human identity.

Vetlesen has become strongly involved in the climate issue and is particularly concerned with ecological care, how our human identity presupposes nature with other forms of life, and how this requires a sense of responsibility and empathy for the life around us.

The evening is summarized together with Kunstkritikk editor Mariann Enge, who is also involved in the relationship between art and activism.


It is completely free to join, but if you want to be guaranteed a place you must have a ticket. Unused tickets will be given away five minutes before the start of the event. The doors open 15 minutes before.

The conversation will mainly take place in Norwegian, and partly in English. The artists’ photographs and films are shown on a screen in the background during the event.

The group exhibition ‘All the Whisperings of the World’ is exhibited at Fotografihuset in the period 22.09 – 22.10. Ori Gersht’s ‘The Forest’ will be shown at the same time in Deichman Bjørvika from 21. of September.

The event is a collaboration between Fotografihuset and Deichman.

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