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Exhibition "erschreckend schöne Bilder: Fakten und Prognosen zum Klimawandel"

From 1st June to 2nd July 2023, "erschreckend schöne Bilder" were exhibited at Photobastei in Zurich. 36 colorful posters were displayed for the wider public, accompanied by explanatory texts in German and English. The represented images provided facts and projections on the climate crisis in Switzerland and worldwide in an impressive and striking way.

Vernissage at Photobastei

My experience

In a collaborative project with the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, students from the Lucerne Graphics Class have visually depicted facts and projections on climate change based on the IPCC Reports.

The exhibition took place at Photobastei, located at Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zurich. The duration of the project was approximately 5 months. I was responsible for taking part in the exhibition organization, as well as in handling its communication across various media channels.

During this internship I had the opportunity to work at the crossroads of historically distant realms: science and art. I actively participated in the creative process of presenting scientific facts to the general public, in order to raise awareness of the climate crisis and inspire action. Thanks to my previous experience of organizing exhibitions, I was able to make contributions to the organization of the project, while simultaneously learning to work at the intersection of disciplines.

Organisation of the internship

The exhibition was organized by the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich and Lucerne Graphics Class. At the end of January 2023, I reached out to the Sustainability Commission of UZH to discuss the possibility of announcing one of potential projects on climate change at Photobastei. This is how I got to know one of the organizers of the "erschreckend schöne Bilder". The idea of displaying this exhibition outside the scientific realm was discussed, and I offered my services. In February 2023, the preliminary work was started, and main activities took place in May 2023.

Svetlana Puricel