May 16, 2016

Advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals



In the past decade my work aligns with the recently pronounced Goals for Humanity by the United Nations. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda

Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector and civil society. When it comes to humanity's voice, Art and Activism go hand in hand - it's called Art-ivism - and it concerns you and me. Click on the animation below...



In New Zealand, the Human Rights Commission is also working on these goals and we have agreed to advocate for it through the Yaniv Janson project on their website. 

The first dyptich of this collection is on Sustainable Development Goal # 14 - Life below water.


Description of the exhibition: A series of 5 diptychs - pairs of paintings. Each diptych addresses one of the 6 goals described above. The pairs will describe the results of a sustainable approach to each goal and that of an unsustainable scenario. For example, in the above 2 photos (work in progress) a healthy sea is populated by a diversity of fauna and flora - life abounds. If the sea environment is not protected on the other hand, much of this diversity is in danger as it is extremely susceptible to even micro-changes in temperature and composition. These diptychs will address the “with” and “without” scenario in a blunt and bold way.

Space requirements: The 5 pairs of works are being produced in acrylic on unframed canvas. Each work measures about 160 X 120 cm - with the only specification that each pair be installed together to outline the tension of opposite outcomes. There are no other hanging requirements.

The purpose of inviting the audience to interact with the art by touching and listening to it is to engage with the topic on as many levels as possible.


More on this project on: tinyurl.com/taking-action-unesco.
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