GENESIS launches ROM Contemporary Culture’s 2013/14 theme of Climate Change (#ROMClimate). Throughout the year, ROM Contemporary Culture will partner with ROM Biodiversity to encourage conversation and provide insight on this contemporary issue. This year, ROM Contemporary Culture looks at the relationship between nature and culture through the lens of climate change and poses the questions: How does the landscape change a culture? How does culture change a landscape? Through innovative exhibitions and contemporary projects, ROM Contemporary Culture provides insight and inspiration to help our community make sense of the modern world and connect with one another.
“ROM Biodiversity and ROM Contemporary Culture are natural partners, as was evidenced in 2012 with the co-produced exhibit Elegy by Deborah Samuel,” says Dave Ireland, Managing Director, ROM Biodiversity. “These two ROM Centres of Discovery bridge the gap between art and science and validate our new model of engagement by showcasing a diverse range of exhibits, galleries and especially programming at the ROM.”
Additional ancillary programming during the run of GENESIS includes Curated Conversations on May 28 and Game Changer Discussion with Deepali Dewan, ROM Senior Curator, South Asian Art, and Doug Currie, Senior ROM Curator, Entomology on June 25. The exhibition will also feature a TweetGarden Project by digital media artist Faisal Anwar. The TweetGarden is a screen-based tree that grows leaves with each tweet. Visitors can interact by tweeting using the hashtag #ROMClimate and reading other s’ responses.
The North American premiere of GENESIS opens to the public on Saturday, May 4, 2013 . Curated by Lelia Wanick Salgado and organized by Amazonas images, GENESIS is presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and is on view at the ROM until September 2, 2013. Through this compelling collection of photographs, GENESIS aspires to share the natural beauty of our world and begs observers to consider what is left of our planet, what is in peril, and what is left to save. The exhibition will be presented in five broadly-defined ecosystems titled: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces and Amazonia and Pantanal.