The exhibition is a narrative of the importance of glaciers told in a scientific, illustrative and poetic way and each artist has a unique take on the subject. It shows scale from the planetary level to microscopic biological impact, and considers humanitarian suffering and more. Together, the artistic interpretations in MELTDOWN give visitors unique insights into the world’s cryosphere, its fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate.
Project Pressure is a charity with a mission to visualise the climate crisis using art as a positive touch-point to inspire action and change to achieve real solutions. Since 2008, it has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions around the world, working alongside scientists to ensure accuracy. These projects will be presented in the MELTDOWN exhibition at the Jakopič Gallery as a result of a first-time collaboration between Project Pressure and the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana.
The selected artworks relate to vanishing glaciers, and demonstrate the impact of climate change through various media. Glacier mass loss can be directly attributed to global heating and is therefore a key indicator of human induced climate change.
The exhibition leads the viewer on a journey in three chapters. The first section, The Importance of Glaciers, provides an introduction to the subject. In the second section, Current Issues, we consider various urgent subjects including the fact that more than a billion people depend on water runoff from the Himalayan mountains for irrigation, hydropower and drinking water. Instead the final section, Meltdown Consequences, looks at the well-known facts, but also surprises viewers by visualizing those consequences of climate change, which go well beyond sea level rise.
MELTDOWN will inspire, and will also activate the visitor. It is time to move beyond awareness: the mission of Project Pressure is to incite real behavioural change.
Production: Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane, Project Pressure
Curator (Project Pressure): Klaus Thymann
Curator (Galerija Jakopič): Julija Hoda
Artists: Renate Aller, Corey Arnold, Michael Benson, Adam Broomberg, Edward Burtynsky, Oliver Chanarin, Scott Conarroe, Peter Funch, Noémie Goudal, Adam Hinton, Richard Mosse, Simon Norfolk, Christopher Parsons, Erik Schytt Holmlund, Toby Smith, Klaus Thymann, Erwin van den Ijssel
Expert advisers: Jernej Gregorič, dr. Marija Skočir
Realisation of the exhibition: O.K.vir, Tehnična služba
Graphic and exhibition design: Bojan Lazarevič (Agora Proars)
Public relations and editing: Maja Čehovin Korsika
Programmes for adults: Julija Hoda, Janja Rebolj
Programmes for youth: Julija Hoda, Matevž Paternoster
This project was made possible by: Mestna občina Ljubljana
The project was supported by: ZRC SAZU, Umanotera, Mladi za podnebno pravičnost
Media sponsor: TAM-TAM
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 10:00–14:00
Adults: 3 €
Students, people over the age of 60, unemployed, people with disabilities: 2 €
Family ticket: 7 €
ICOM, PRESS, SMD, students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, VIST – Higher School of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering – OTGO, Faculty of Design: Admission free
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At the Jakopič Gallery we are organizing a photography workshop with the well-known British landscape photographer Simon Norfolk. The workshop Taking a step up: Adding layers to your project, that will take place from 7 to 10 April 2022, is aimed at a group of 12 photographers with some experience, that are ready to shift up to a higher level. It will be a mixture of classroom, conversations and shooting.
As the issue of glacier retreat is also relevant in Slovenia (Triglav Glacier and the Skuta Glacier), we have organised a series of lectures accompanying the exhibition Meltdown in cooperation with the Anton Melik Geographical Institute ZRC SAZU and a lecture about predicting sea flooding in the [M_oder] programme.
We invite you to take a look at the TAM-TAM billboards along Slovenska cesta near Šestica to see the poster campaign we have prepared in collaboration with Project Pressure for the exhibition "Meltdown. Visualizing Climate Change".