HABITER is a virtual and participatory exhibition, available online from June 2021 to June 2022.

It brings together diverse testimonies from people impacted by the effects of climate change around the world. The artists have located and interviewed these individuals about their observations and experiences of the effects of climate change at the local level and their perspectives on adaptations. The exhibition presents these testimonies that point to the severity and complexity of climate change. In addition, they demonstrate technical, social and economic inequalities, including disparities in monitoring, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and adaptation to disasters. The testimonies propose various strategies of adaptation, and together depict fragments of a near future.

The exhibition is the result of an artistic research project about the impact of the effects of climate change on human displacement – new forms of displacement provoked, as well as modified traditional displacements – and the lack of legal status for these displaced people. Through encounters with affected individuals, the artists broadened their research on these so-called “climate-related” displacements to all modifications of human ways of living, linked to the effects of climate change.

HABITER is a compilation of various foci on the local and global effects of climate change, assembling testimonies of individuals around the world. Temporary appearances of factual information provide local and global perspectives and relate various national climate-related situations. HABITER invites viewers to consider what it means to inhabit a planet with a changing climate, and the responsibilities we share as inhabitants of the Earth.

In the interest of accessibility, the exhibition is available in the three common languages of the interviewees: German, English and French. Its online format allows for a delocalized and global reception. A call for testimonies allows the content of the exhibition to be enriched while it is online.

Find out more about HABITER on the exhibition website.

Image: Jenny Mottar, Art Director for NASA Science (NB: this image is not necessarily connected to the exhibition.

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