What’s Next for Earth: Convergence Art Call

What’s Next forEarth’s is a Community Art Project to reflect on the Covid19 period and to re-invent the future. Normal was the problem.
@WhatsNextForEarth’s fourth project is “Convergence”.
June 2020.

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The inspiration for Convergence comes from an article posted on the MAHB, Dear MAHB Community:
[…] These stressors have now converged and the result is peaceful protests disrupted by opportunists, agitators, and failed leadership; the trigger for the convergence was the murder of a black citizen by the very people we pay to protect us and the failure of law-enforcement to respond quickly to those responsible. That was the trigger but not the cause. Just as all of the stressors have links to overpopulation and overconsumption by the wealthy, all of the stressors have links to systemic racism, sexism and oppression This is a MAHB moment—the stressors are interacting and manifesting their power in violence. It is time to come together and strengthen pro-social civil society’s influence—violence is not the enemy; violence is the symptom. […]

During the month of June 2020, artists on Instagram were invited to read “Dear MAHB Community” article, create an art piece, and post it on their Instagram page. A selection of the contributions was posted on What’s Next for Earth’s page. The contributions are also published on the MAHB Arts Community Page.
Here are some of them:

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Cyntia Fusillo (Barcelona, Spain)
“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” ~ Fannie Lou Hammer
Paper,coffee on paper, magnolia leaf, collage
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Ivan Sigg (Paris France)
I photographed this rock at the southern tip of Shikoku (Japan). The ocean created these tender cells and then filled them with different quartz. There is not a bigger artist than nature! As the Taoist monk Shitao said in the 17th century “The painter’s activity is not to imitate the various facts of Creation, but to reproduce the very act by which nature creates”. To meditate in this human confused period. 
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Alise Sheehan (California)
A sign of the times. This sign is near a road cut off by a flooding creek. It seemed so fitting for our times. Here are some of the questions flooding my mind. Why does our world seem so cut off from sanity, and civility? Why is hatred such an easy bandwagon to jump on? Why do people stop thinking about what might be hurting others just to avoid having anything change?

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