Turkish photographer and environmentalist Fahri Tunc posted a fossil-like photo on his Instagram one day.
But, surprisingly, it wasn't a fossil, but one of the scenes where the flamingos that inhabited Lake Tuz in Turkey dried up and died out. Lake Tuz(salt Lake), a closed basin lake in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, is the second largest lake in Turkey.
On the Tuz Lake, one of Turkey's most beautiful rivers, beautiful pink flamingos dance and show their beauty every year.
But now, neither the Turks nor the tourists who go to see the beautiful pink dances of the river can see the fantastic performances they present to humans. And even the hope of seeing them in the future was gone. 'Cause now the lake is gone with them, too"
My heart aches every time I see articles like this. Because nature presents humans with so much beauty and energy, but humans do not like and appreciate the gift, but unpack the wrapping paper and throw it and trample it.
Even me, one of those people, has nothing I can do right now. So what can professional painters do?
The EcoArt Project is about 600 painters who felt the seriousness of environmental destruction and climate change could unite and express their voices. They meet regularly to hold symposiums and hold exhibitions. In addition, the artists themselves present art using recycled or scrap materials to deliver a message of environmental protection to the public.
In fact, they announced a new initiative to fill these empty stores with free pop-up exhibitions focused on climate change and sustainability, as retail space across New York is vacant due to pandemic-related business closures.
Artists wishing to participate in this kind of activity go to the home page below and click Sign Up.
When signing up, you need an artistic resume/bio and a portfolio consisting of at least five images. If there is a video such as YouTube channel, please write a link. Also include references such as your major shows and publications. And also you can check that you are self-taught artist like me or studied at art school. In the description, write down your motivation and plans for why you want to work through this project.
And you choose whether the work you upload is related to the environment or not. In my case, my older sister is an environmental activist, so I have been interested in the environment for a long time. Therefore, I uploaded related images after selecting my databases. Also, by artist's career, select whether it is an Emerging, Mid-Career, or Establish artist.
After filling in the information, click Submit and wait for the result. I received the following mail.
The following is an example of a showcase page screen to be published.
Wouldn't it be great if the environment could be protected as easily as this click? I feel a heavier responsibility in the future. I myself should set a good example for the environmental movement.
Myungja Anna Koh