, Albert Dock
17th January - 28th June 2009
A barely advertised exhibition at the International Slavery Museum brings
together two topics to which endless debates and rivers of ink have been
and are devoted in today's society: climate change and young people.
Shoot Nation is an exhibition that gives voice (or eye, to be more precise)
to young people from all over the globe who - camera in hand - have explored
the effects and the impact that global warming is having upon the environment,
both at a local and global level.
The results are highly interesting, both from an aesthetic and documentary
point of view, for the exhibition showcases images that go beyond the
cliché and manage to present us with further evidence of the mess
we're in with regards to the environment.
True, not all the pictures exhibited here are fantastic; as in any collective
show, there are always some works that may touch us more than others,
but surely this is not the point of this exhibition.
What we see here is the graphic cry - loud and clear - of a global generation
that is bound to inherit a world whose precious resources have been used
and abused time and time again, with little or no regard whatsoever of
This point is even more obvious in the case of youths from countries
that have, historically, contributed very little to the warming of the
planet, Bangladesh being a case in point: a country that has not taken
part in the orgy of C02 emissions in which many so-called industrialised
countries indulged over centuries, yet at risk of being one of the first
to bear the brunt of its consequences.
In short, this exhibition is yet another powerful and effective reminder
of the challenges ahead that we - and more importantly those who will
come behind us - will have to face.
Which is why it is a shame that Shoot Nations has been reduced to the
indignity of being presented in a little corner at the very end of the
International Slavery Museum, almost hidden and with little information
available (no leaflets the day I visited).
In fact, because of what the photos here displayed tell us and because
of its educational content, this exhibition deserves centre stage and