Headon featured exhibition – The Silent Sea

headon feautred exhibition - the silent sea

“we are in the midst of one of the great extinction spasms of geological history.” E. O. Wilson

Our seas are dying. 90% of the world’s fisheries are over-harvested and are in decline. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be between 700,000 to 15,000,000 square km.

The scale of this tragedy is beyond our comprehension so our response is inadequate: we don’t repair our oceans. So marine life disappears, waste accumulates and the seas silently die.

Actually things do happen.

In March 2011, Barry O’Farrell’s Coalition state government was elected in NSW and one of its first acts was to pass legislation to ban the creation of new marine parks and extensions to marine sanctuaries for five years.

To draw attention to marine extinction, in 2012 I photographed harbour rubbish floating past a derelict jetty at an abandoned marina in Sydney Harbour.

The rubbish could be still born life, a sorry replacement for the marine species whose absence they filled.

My exhibition comprising 14 images was curated by Hasib Zakaria and is one of five featured Headon exhibitions opening on 30 May at Gaffa Gallery,  281 Clarence Street, Sydney, Mon-Fri: 10-6pm, Sat: 11-5pm, Sun: Closed. The exhibition runs to 10 June 2013. Since 10 June is a public holiday the gallery’s opening hours are 11am to 4pm

 

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Note: For further information on the artist and interviews with the artist, please call John Slaytor on 0420 342 007 or email info@johnslaytor.com.au.  Opening night is Thursday, 30 May 6-8pm