RETURN

Simona Nastac and Raluca Popa

2020

This intimate poem intertwined with free flowing graphics forewarns of a time of danger and destruction of the environment. Its fluid nature counterbalances this negative imagery by highlighting the power we have to make changes now for the present and future.

The figurine of the skater suggests we can create change so that our future is one of cooler temperatures and with this, we can have freedom and joy. Nastac shows us “where flowers still blossom, there is hope”, so we must continue to make a change now, and keep planting more love into each other and our earth.

About the artist

Hello! I’m Simona, I’m a London-based poet, curator and critic, committed to socio-critical art and context responsive practices, forever looking for unexpected outcomes able to shake the world. In a gentle way. My work has been featured in Asymptote Journal, Poesis International, Harana Poetry, The Blue Nib, and Black Bough Poetry among others. Also, since 2016 I have been the curator of the experimental poetry night at the Bucharest International Festival of Poetry.

Raluca Popa was born in 1979, in Romania. She studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art - Central Saint Martins, London, and the University of Art and Design, Cluj. She lives and works in Berlin. She is represented by Gaep, Bucharest, and is part of Collection Collective, a prototypical international art collection established, owned, and managed collectively by its members. Recent exhibitions include Viral Self-Portraits, MG+MSUM Ljubljana, 2020; How to Disappear, gaep, Bucharest, 2019.

How does this piece express intersectionality?

Simona and Raluca immediately form a sense of intimacy by starting with, “in the end, you handed me an apricot”, bringing ourselves as viewers straight into our role in the story of our planet. This bonds us to each other and nature, showing how each of our actions can have knock on effects further down the line. This brings with it a sense of responsibility, a need for community, and a desire to make sure that we radically challenge the unequal effects of climate change.

“Climate justice is impossible without social equality”

How can you act?

Find out about how environmental initiatives and policies in your area, such as rewilding. Investigate class, race, gender inequalities in your communities and workplaces. Endeavour to speak up about them.

Join local community groups or start one!

Contact your MPs and councillors to ensure ideas turn into policy and to support them when they follow through

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