Accepted paper:

'Integracionismo', the challenges to make climate change transcend through art


Marco Carpio (

Paper short abstract:

From my experience as an artist concerned on the relationship between nature and civilization, I propose a reflection about the challenges to decolonize the artistic process and the communication systems so that climate change messages can transcend through art

Paper long abstract:

Generally, we conceive art as universal, but its function emerged from Western culture, from where it was exported to the world. Bruno Latour calls for a collaboration between art and science, however, art does not always achieve public awareness. I suggest this is because artists have taken the narrative of the researcher that 'explores' as an observer, based on scientific evidence or from experiences of the built environment. We need a more interpretivist approach, to break the verticality of art, like in the expressions of animist cultures, supported in belief systems and lived experience in nature. Twenty years ago, I began to decolonize my process, creating from the coexistence with cultures integrated to nature. I learned to listen and detach from previous concepts. When this is achieved, there is an unsuspected force producing a message that is often transgressive and politically uncomfortable, contradictory to the interests of the system. In my last two exhibitions in Lima, despite the institutional and scientific support, 'authoritative' voices and animal rights groups arbitrarily denied the intention of my work because of their distance, generating great controversy. At the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017, I gave a talk on a work I did in Amazonia, which raised powerful cultural expressions, but was questioned by an environmental officer for the inability to measure its impact statistically. In this paper I reflect on these experiences proposing the need to decolonize art and communication systems so that climate change messages can transcend.

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Climart: imagining and communicating climate change through artistic practice